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Leading companies strengthen sustainability reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — The corporate reporting landscape is increasingly complex, as different countries and organizations move to introduce new standards and revised frameworks. Companies with...

FTSE 100 companies get ethical guidance for good governance - news

By Brian Collett — Business bosses in the UK are to benefit from the advice of two ethical guidance bodies.             The recommendations will be...

Candriam’s ESG study rates 74 countries globally as ‘investable’ - news

By Roger Aitken — The 2017 SRI Country report from Candriam, part of New York Life with assets under management of €108 billion as of this June, has categorised 74 countries globally...

“The Future of the Corporation” to be subject of British Academy research report - news

By Brian Collett — Public trust in business, corporate objectives, regulation and taxation will be the main themes of a three-year research study started in September by the British...

Danish seminar to focus on ethical conduct in business - news

By Brian Collett — A mixing of Italian and Danish cultures as a means of reinforcing ethical conduct in business, education and training will be on the agenda at a seminar in Denmark this...

Board level volunteering is bringing CSR to life - news

By Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director, Russam GMS — CAF’s latest UK giving report found that people donated £9.7 billion to charities last year, with...

Half Of UK workers say ‘no need’ to sacrifice profits for higher ESG - news

By Roger Aitken —  Around half (47%) of UK workers believe that companies can achieve higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards “without sacrificing...

Corporate responsibility gains traction in Nigeria - news

By Vikas Vij — The concept of corporate social responsibility is now being embraced by a large number of organizations in Nigeria across different sectors. In the past, CSR was considered...

GoodCorporation issues guide for data protection management as Parliament revises regulation - news

By Brian Collett — Businesses are now being told they should build data protection into their core activities in a guide issued to ensure they satisfy new IT legislation.  ...

Sustainable investments deliver higher returns in UK - news

By Vikas Vij — Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions....

Sustainable investments deliver higher returns in UK - news

By Vikas Vij — Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions....

Trust in an era of ‘alternative' facts - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The Global Thinkers Forum is a social purpose organisation that launched in 2012 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. It works for change by...

East Capital’s new Sustainable Emerging Markets Fund leverages proprietary ESG for alpha - news

By Roger Aitken — East Capital, an independent asset manager specializing in emerging and frontier markets that manages €2.7 billion (c.$3.08bn/£2.38bn) in public and private...

NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise the power of family businesses - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Some of the UK’s largest and most successful businesses are family-owned, including some of the country’s most recognisable and well-loved brands. Two...

Getting good guidance  - news

Interview by Adam Woodhall — Ian Joseph has had an eclectic career. He moved from being a pastor to working with those experiencing homelessness and drug addiction, and then took an...

London Stock Exchange’s ESG reporting guidance responds to investors - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre that sets out recommendations for good practice in...

ESG factors drive stronger performance in emerging markets equities - news

By Roger Aitken— Investing in emerging markets (EM) equities with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings leads to “better performance” when adjusted for...

Business chooses long term planning for sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Creating a truly sustainable organisation isn’t something that can realistically be achieved in the average tenure of a FTSE CEO, which is currently 4.6 years....

Rolex, Lego, and Disney top Reputation Institute’s 2017 Global Reptrak® 100 - news

Reputation Institute (RI), a provider of stakeholder measurement, membership and management services, has announced the company’s annual Global RepTrak® 100 rankings.  ...

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

By Brian Collett — UK businesses with 500 or more employees must now disclose non-financial information in their annual reports under new EU-directed legislation.    The...

Companies may have to reveal pay gap between executives and employees - news

By Brian Collett — Britain’s biggest companies may have to reveal the gap between their senior executives’ remuneration and the average pay of their employees.   ...

Business leaders split on effect of Brexit on ethical governance - news

By Brian Collett — The ways in which Brexit will change the ethical conduct of businesses in the UK are as uncertain as the issues that will affect their trading.    The...

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

By Nikos Avlonas — Much has been made about whether Silicon Valley corporations are or are trying to be role models for sustainability. There is a perception that Silicon Valley...

Microloan Foundation boosts trustee board with Step on Board programme - news

‘Step on Board’ is a board-level volunteering programme, run by Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which is being embraced by a number of...

Riversimple adopts circular economy to create a cutting edge eco-auto  - news

By Adam Woodhall — A passion for racing cars and environmentalism aren't usual bedfellows. Hugo Spowers is not an usual entrepreneur though, and the business he has created,...

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

By Adam Woodhall — How are corporate sustainability professionals—and the organisations they work with—to lead through this post-Brexit period facing our society? How are they...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

The Shareholder Revolution? - news

by Adam Woodhall — At the recent The Crowd  event, the title was "The Shareholder Revolution?" . The question mark was particularly important because, as was made...

Extel’s 14th SRI & Sustainability Survey highlights need to do more  - news

by Roger Aitken — This year’s annual WeConvene Extel and UK Sustainable & Finance Association (UKSIF) SRI & Sustainability survey reveals that while almost 40% of asset...

Standish Mellon joins climate bond partnership intensifying ‘sustainable investing’ commitment - news

by Roger Aitken—Standish Mellon Asset Management (‘Standish’), a BNY Mellon investment boutique with around $158 billion (£121bn, €143bn) of assets under management,...

Food labelling transparency links supply chain and consumer - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — A social media campaign swept across the planet in 2010, clamouring for a halt to the use of palm oil in Kit Kats. Six years on, manufacturer Nestlé now...

ESG risks should be disclosed: environmental groups petition Securities and Exchange Commission - news

by Brian Collet — All companies should disclose the environmental, social and governance risks of their activities to aid investors in making choices. This recommendation has been...

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

By Reynard Loki — A new report by Sustainalytics, a sustainability research and analysis firm, suggests that Brexit could prompt British companies to slack off on green schemes, which...

Ginkgo 2 Confirms €140m Fundraising Target - news

by Roger Aitken — Europe’s answer to speeding up the decontamination of old industrial sites—revamping and greening them into sound places to live and work—took a further...

Singapore Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Indices - news

by Vikas Vij - Investors increasingly want access to information on ESG factors in order to evaluate listed companies. Leading global stock exchanges now recognize that corporate disclosure on...

Is CSR Dead? A Challenge at the National CSR and Sustainability Conference - news

By Adam Woodhall At the first National CSR & Sustainability Conference , held in London last month, the provocative question "Is CSR dead?" was posed. The question was...

UK businesses need a long-term growth agenda: report - news

by Vikas Vij — Over the past few decades, British business has made significant progress in many areas – from better governance to leading in major industries. However, there are a...

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative...

John Lewis partnership leads with employee-owned business model - news

by Vikas Vij - Employee ownership business models have increasingly attracted attention since the financial crisis of 2008 when corporate governance came to be recognized as a critical...

"High sustainability" companies are better businesses - news

“High sustainability” businesses significantly outperform “low sustainability” companies in two ways: lower volatility on the stock market and by a six percent...

The (surprising) power of benchmarking - news

How good are you? Most companies tell their employees they are (of course) the best. But the truth is little time or money is spent confirming or dispelling the notion. Why take the risk of...

COP 21 agreement spurs East Capital to review "high climate change"- related investing risk - news

by Roger Aitken The climate agreement sealed at the COP21 summit in Paris on 12 December 2015 underscores, once and for all, that climate change is a common issue that needs to be addressed...

The new CSR equation: transparency = brand credibility - news

EP Journal Trust in business today goes hand in hand with increased transparency by Miranda Ingram Corporate reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose, but any company that...

New report outlines how to identify weak corporate culture - news

Good governance is critical, but there should be a broader definition of what it means. Governance is not just a matter for boards of directors, but should be integrated into all areas of a...

Morningstar launches new sustainability rating for sustainable investors - news

Morningstar has introduced a new sustainable investing initiative, the Morningstar Sustainability Rating for funds. This rating will help investors evaluate mutual and ETF funds that invest in...

East Capital’s China environmental strategy whets ‘clean-tech’ appetite - news

East Capital, an emerging and frontier markets specialist headquartered in Stockholm that actively manages €2.1bn of assets in public and private equity as well as real estate, transitioned...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

This year the first directive mandating non-financial corporate disclosures is due to take effect across the EU which breaks new ground in corporate reporting requirements. Elisabeth Jeffries...

Racial harassment in the workplace on the rise - news

The largest ever survey published on race equality in the UK has revealed that 30% of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial harassment...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

The Tokyo Foundation, an independent, Japanese, not-for-profit think tank that works on policy proposals for both the public and private sectors recently reported on the growing importance of...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

BITC calls for ‘race’ to be added to UK Corporate Governance Code - news

While Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people have greater ambition than their white colleagues and enjoy their work more, 30% of employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial...

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

Sustainability teams must work more closely with marketing if they are to realise the value of corporate social responsibility for their brands, says Michael Dickstein , director of global...

BlackRock launches Impact World Equity Fund fusing ‘social and financial’ goals - news

The launch mid this October of the BlackRock Strategic Funds’ (BSF) Impact World Equity Fund, a liquid UCITS fund that aims to invest in “measurable” social and environmental...

Can corporate volunteering really advance the SDGs? - news

The ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals in September was a pinnacle moment for the engagement of the private sector with the development community, writes Louise Erskine , head...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

ESG factors gaining recognition for boosting business performance - news

Successful shareholder engagement on environmental and social issues helps companies improve both their financial performance and governance, showing that involvement that is “less...

Sustainalytics buys ESG Analytics reinforcing commitment to leveraging product innovation - news

The acquisition of ESG Analytics AG, a Zurich-based provider of web-based solutions that assists asset managers and owners to analyse and manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk,...

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

‘Big data’ has been one of the buzz phrases of the last five years and has already spawned an analytics industry worth $125bn. But is it all hype or does it have the power to...

EIRIS partners with Brazil’s SITAWI and bolsters Latin American presence - news

EIRIS, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider, revealed this August that Brazil’s innovative social and sustainable finance specialist SITAWI had joined...

Many happy returns - news

Alquity was founded in 2010 by Paul Robinson , to offer investors a more responsible way to invest by achieving strong returns whilst putting something back and creating a Virtuous Circle of...

Toshiba hit by balance sheet scandal - news

The chief executive of Toshiba and seven other senior executives have resigned in a deception scandal that the safeguards imposed by the Japanese government this summer are intended to prevent....

UK spurs greater supply chain accountability - news

Businesses with a £36m+ turnover will have to report on slavery in their supply chains, the UK government has announced. The government, which consulted on the threshold level as part...

Pirelli revs up sustainability rating - news

Pirelli has been named as the leading automotive supplier in an assessment for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Based on the DVFA's (Deutscher Verband der Finanzanalysten) published...

IOD slams tick-box approach to good governance - news

The UK’s current approach to identifying what makes for good governance is flawed, according to a new report – The Great Governance Debate – Towards a Good Governance Index for...

Japanese corporate governance moves more in line with western countries - news

The views of shareholders have never ranked high in the concerns of Japan’s corporate management. They are rewarded by long-term capital appreciation in the value of their stocks and...

British business calls for climate action to build greener economy - news

Over 75 UK businesses including Willmott Dixon, Cisco, E.on, John Lewis Partnership, SSE, and BT have called on the government to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a...

Boards need to drive sustainability, says Carbon Trust - news

Corporate boards are failing to recognize – and act on - the risks and opportunities of climate change, says new research from the Carbon Trust. The report, Titans or Titanics?...

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr Henrik O. Madsen, group president and ceo of DNV GL, as a new board member to the UN Global Compact board, the world’s largest...

Nathan Fabian leaves IGCC for PRI - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has named Nathan Fabian as Director of Policy. He will take up his new role on 30 June 2015. Fabian joins the PRI after six years as ceo of...

Solactive oekom Ethical Low Volatility Index launched as BNP Paribas takes licence - news

Solactive AG (‘Solactive’), a German index provider head-quartered in Frankfurt that develops, calculates and distributes tailor-made indices globally, launched its Solactive oekom...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

Excellent, you’ve found us, writes Claudine Blamey . After years studying or working in another profession, you’ve decided to start a career in CR and sustainability (CRS). What do...

Toshiba withdraws earnings guidance over accounting irregularities - news

Japan’s Toshiba Corp. expects to reduce its reported operating profit by at least ¥50 billion for fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2013 in order to deal with accounting irregularities...

3BL Media acquires UK-based CSR publisher of Ethical Performance - news

3BL Media, LLC, a corporate communications platform exclusively dedicated to the distribution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news and content, has acquired Dunstans...

BMW tops world's largest survey of corporate reputations - news

German automobile brand BMW has topped this year's Reputation Institute’s Global RepTrak 100 league table which reports the world’s most reputable companies on innovation,...

BP shareholder Resolution 25 passed at AGM in oil industry ‘game changer’ - news

Shareholders at oil giant’s BP annual general meeting (AGM) held on 16 April at London’s ExCel Centre passed by an overwhelming majority Resolution 25 - a special resolution...

Human rights now on menu for institutional investors - news

Lauren Compere, md at Boston Common Asset Management, says that investors are finally waking up to the importance of human rights risk Human rights used to be a subject discussed mainly in...

Just how transparent is your data? - news

The type of information provided by corporate sustainability reports, and in non- financial disclosures varies widely. Investment analysts or other report users may believe they are reading...

DfID faces accusations of pushing private firms over public services - news

The UK’s overseas aid ministry has been accused of using funds to establish private healthcare and education in Africa and Asia, bringing benefits to British and American companies....

Deutsche Bank hit by record $2.5bn penalty - news

Deutsche Bank (DB) has been fined $2.5bn (£1.66bn) by US and UK regulators for trying to manipulate the Libor and Euribor inter-bank rates. The record penalty - $2.1bn by US...

Global sustainable investing assets balloon 61% to reach $21.4trn - news

The global sustainable investment market grew substantially over a two-year period between 2012 and 2014 in both absolute and relative terms according to ‘The Global Sustainable Investment...

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

David Picton , chief sustainability officer at Carillion, gives an update on the expanded Supply Chain Sustainability School for FM and Service suppliers Martin Luther King once explained...

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

The inaugural National CSR Awards took place last month and saw winners both large and small, celebrating the best of ethical governance and good business practice.   Individual...

Tesco faces legal action in UK - news

Legal action is being prepared claiming that Tesco’s profits overstatement last year caused a “permanent destruction of value to shareholders”. The Connecticut-based law...

Zara, Puma and Valentino join Benetton in leading 'detox' efforts - news

Greenpeace East Asia has published an update of its Detox Catwalk, the online platform which assesses how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains...

inside investment Time shortening between ESG issues emerging and market reaction - MSCI - news

A report from MSCI ESG Research, a provider of research and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) business practices of companies globally, has suggested that that...

Investor coalition backs new human rights reporting push - news

A group of over 60 investors from Europe, North America and Australia, collectively managing $3.9 trillion of assets, have urged leading companies to use new guidance to help them “know...

RepRisk releases latest Most Controversial Companies report - news

RepRisk, the provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has released the fifth edition of its Most Controversial Companies (MCC) Report. The data...

Finding the inspiration for change - news

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just concluded in Davos. It’s one of those gargantuan, international, annual events that while attracting heads of state, fails to engage heads on the...

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

Debbie Read, head of CR at Molson Coors, has worked for the international brewer for seven years. Best known for its brands Coors, Carling, Cobra and Miller, the brewer has changed a lot in the...

American pharma companies lead Global Sustainability Index - news

Biogen beat fellow American pharmaceutical company Allergan to top spot in this year's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. German sportswear company Adidas...

Digital planet poses challenges to society but offers ‘extraordinary potential’ - news

  In the first of a two-part Amity Insight research paper by Ecclesiastical Investment Management Limited (‘EIM’) titled ‘Digital Planet: A brave new world for...

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

A new year, a fresh start... but how many organisations will boast new resolutions? Ethical Performance talks to key industry players about what they believe will be the prime sustainability...

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

Choosing a pension scheme with a clear focus on the relevance of good corporate governance, how companies manage their relationship within the society they operate and their impact on the...

Investment industry urged to address lack of female execs - news

The UK investment management industry is suffering from a severe lack of female representation, despite the high corporate governance expectations placed on the boards of companies in which they...

Benetton targeted over non Rana payment - news

Labour rights campaigners in Europe and the US have again urged the Italian fashion house Benetton to contribute to the compensation fund for workers injured and the families of those killed in...

Company managers at heart of corporate bribery, finds OECD - news

At the start of December last year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its first-ever analysis of global anti-bribery activities. The OECD looked at...

ESG factors now integral to investment process, says Aviva - news

In its second biennial survey of global asset managers on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, Aviva Investors’ multi-manager research team has found that there is widespread...

Howard Boyd to advisory role at Jupiter - news

Emma Howard Boyd will be engaged by SRI investment specialist Jupiter as an external consultant, offering her experience to the Stewardship Committee and the Sustainability Review Committee. She...

Jupiter reorganises investment team - news

Environmental and sustainable investment specialist Jupiter is changing the organisational structure of its Environmental and Sustainable Strategy team to provide an enhanced central source of...

Standard Chartered under investigation in South Korea - news

South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), is investigating Standard Chartered Bank (SC) Korea for allegedly sending excessive dividends of KRW 1.1...

Investors call for global tax reform and transparency - news

In a global first, a group of institutional asset owners and managers are jointly calling for comprehensive transparency and disclosure to be adopted as core principles in reform of the...

European SRI market’s growth signals change in investor mindset - news

The sixth biennial Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study from the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF), the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)...

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

Corporate governance stalls at Hyundai over land purchase - news

When Hyundai Motor Co’s board convened in September to discuss a planned land purchase in Seoul, its five independent directors sought details. Executives replied that Hyundai needed...

Banks beware: consumers rate ESG factors as high as service levels - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI survey...

EC climate deal falls short on renewables targets - news

While the European Council has just agreed a new climate and energy deal that sets a binding domestic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) target of “at least” 40%, it has failed to agree...

Growth of SRI shows new level of maturity, says EUROSIF - news

EUROSIF, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has unveiled the findings of its 6th Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study, first published in 2003. The Study highlights the scale of...

Carillion wins integrity chartermark - news

Carillion plc has achieved the Investing in Integrity (IiI) chartermark as a result of successful completion of the rigorous IiI accreditation process.? Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a...

Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores joins UN’s sustainable stock exchange initiative - news

The announcement on 22 July 2014 that the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores Colombia (BVC)) is partnering with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

Last week, I went surfing for the first time with my 10-year-old son Evan. Not wanting to be outshined or embarrassed, I spent more time then I care to admit reading up on websites proclaiming...

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

Directors need to be active in setting company’s values, says IBE - news

Boards need to set and maintain company values, says a new report from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Ethics, Risk &Governance: a board briefing paper aims to help directors...

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed Lesley Alexander as its new chair. Lesley, ceo of HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited, will replace Martin Clarke...

Government called to examine UK pension funds’ ‘land grab’ investments - news

UK pension funds and asset man-agement companies including British Airways Pension Fund, Legal & General, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Aviva Investors could potentially have...

Creating and sustaining value-adding partnerships can mean serious business - news

Manny Amadi explains the secrets to successful, sustainable collaborations   We all collaborate and partner in different ways, whether with colleagues or informally within our...

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group is to partner with the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, joining nine other exchanges in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia to...

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being - news

The OECD has launched a regional well-being website based on an interactive map covering the organisation’s 34 member countries. It rates 362 sub-national regions with a relative score out...

BITC highlights need for ‘and race’ to be added to governance code - news

New research shows that no progress is being made on tackling race inequality in management. The organisation behind the report, Business in the Community’s race equality campaign Race for...

Leading investment institutions make case for responsibility - news

There is significant untapped potential for investors to exert a positive influence on the economy, environment and society, by practising responsible investment, according to a new report...

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

WBI and Sedex team to tackle responsible supply chain data - news

An online platform where buyers will be able to browse the sustainability credentials of suppliers is under development by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Sedex. The free-of-charge Open...

ESG factors gaining momentum with investors says AXA - news

Clients are increasingly asking for the monitoring and assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in their portfolios according to a report published by AXA Investment...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

Charles Anderson is the new director to head the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The UNEP FI platform brings together the United Nations and the global...

When it comes to integrated reporting, first think ‘integrated thinking’ - news

Wiebke Flach, head of advisory services at Business in the Community, explains the integrated approach to reporting. In the simplest terms, integrated reporting is when a company...

Big business criticised for hiring officials as non execs in S Korea - news

Four in 10 outside directors appointed by South Korea’s 10 leading business groups are former top policymakers, such as cabinet ministers, presidential officials, and heads of the tax...

China’s austerity regime sets way for new business model - news

China’s new era of austerity could lead to a new way of global corporate governance, a Beijing forum has been told. Its still-growing economy will set the tone for a new world way of doing...

Socially responsible investment prognosis set positive for 2014 - news

The year 2014 is “unlikely to see the spectacular equity returns” enjoyed during 2013, but it will be a year in which assets in a logical manner can be managed, according to Amy...

Paying your way: taking a principled approach to tax - news

Tax evasion and avoidance may be different in law, but in the eyes of the general public, they often amount to the same thing, which means there is a strong corporate reputation and governance...

Organisations ignore whistleblowing procedures at their corporate peril - news

Whistleblowing is a complex issue for businesses. History tells us that many corporate disasters could have been prevented if companies had listened when concerns were raised. Staff...

Companies must grasp third party risks - news

Michael Boag, md, Stroz Friedberg, an intelligence and risk management company, discusses the need for business to grasp the nettle of third party risk The failure to conduct appropriate...

IFC to be investigated over investments in Honduras - news

The World Bank’s lender has come under fire for granting a large loan to a company said to have killed while taking land for palm oil cultivation in Honduras. Corporación...

Barclays under fire over executive pay - news

Heavy criticism of high bonuses from business and political figures has been directed again at the UK’s Barclays Bank – where chief executive Antony Jenkins has attempted to shine up...

Ethical lapses in finance sector hit headlines most often - news

The Institute of Business Ethics has monitored over 1000 news stories to analyse the business ethics issues and the sectors most at risk of integrity lapse. Reporting on the finance sector...

Winning partners - news

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Human rights violations rise 70%, says Maplecroft survey - news

A striking 70% rise in the number of countries where the risk of human rights violations is extreme is recorded in a survey by Maplecroft, a UK-based risk research consultancy. The...

Verdantix endorses world's top six sustainability assurance firms - news

Increased scrutiny of environmental, social and governance disclosures in financial and sustainability reports will require Fortune 500 firms to seek much more comprehensive assurance of their...

Polman in pole position at WBCSD - news

The member companies of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unanimously approved significant changes to the organization’s governance and supervisory body....

Chevron maintains Ecuador fine 'illegitimate' - news

A former judge in the Ecuadorian court that ordered the oil company Chevron to pay $19bn (£11.7bn, €13.7bn) pollution compensation has claimed he was given $1,000 a month to...

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

The Turkish stock exchange, the Borsa Istanbul, is to partner with EIRIS, the global responsible investment research provider, to develop the BIST Sustainability Index, which will be...

ESG analyst Vigeo new sustainability focuses - news

ESG analyst Vigeo has published two new sustainability focuses; one on the extractive industries – Extractive industries and the challenges of implementing the Voluntary Principles in Weak...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

  Sandra Seru, head of strategy & reporting, sustainability & responsibility at Diageo tells Ethical Performance how the drinks group is tackling the social problem of alcohol...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

Workers on boards could rein in executive pay, says TUC - news

Allowing workers to sit on company boards would mean top executives’ pay was set at more reasonable levels, according to a new report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC has...

Female representation on FTSE100 boards rises - news

Latest figures for women on boards show that female representation in the top FTSE100 companies’ boards continues to increase.? The statistics suggest that the UK is making good...

Chevron fights on over $19bn pollution judgement - news

A former Ecuadorian judge has testified that he and a colleague were bribed to award $19bn (£11.7bn, €13.7bn) to villagers who claimed Texaco oil operations polluted the Amazon...

Workers on boards could rein in executive pay, says TUC - news

Allowing workers to sit on company boards would mean top executives' pay was set at more reasonable levels, according to a new report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC has...

Female quotas make no difference to board's effectiveness: study - news

Positive discrimination towards women at board level fails to improve bottom-line business performance, maintains an expert in business ethics. Professor Nada Kakabadse, a global authority...

Jonathan Dutton joins ACCSR - news

Corporate social responsibility advisory and training firm, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), has appointed Jonathan Dutton as a non-executive director. He...

Japanese firms to appoint more outside directors to improve governance - news

Western investors have long criticized Japanese corporations for weaknesses in governance. The lack of outside directors on many boards is one of the issues. Two major corporate scandals in...

Japanese companies to ramp up publication of data on female promotion - news

Today, more than 25 years since Japan enacted its Equal Opportunity Law in 1986, women hold only 11% of managerial positions in the Japanese business world, according to the 2013 government...

Taking executive decisions about ethical behaviour - news

New IBE research has shown an apparent lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance. There is limited requirement, or indeed encouragement,...

inbrief - news

Fine affair… The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. £137,610,000 ($220 million) for serious failings related to its Chief Investment Office (CIO)....

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

The UN Global Compact and newspaper group Financial Times have produced the first benchmark for CSR in Africa. The joint initiative, the Africa Sustainability Barometer, gauges the state of...

inbrief - news

? Aviva appointment... Aviva Investors has appointed Abigail Herron as head of engagement in the global responsible investment Team. She reports to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment...

inbrief - news

? Deloitte decision... Dr Helena Barton joined Deloitte as a partner in its Danish Governance Risk & Compliance section last month. Barton’s responsibility will include expanding...

Sweden proves world's most sustainable country - news

RobecoSAM’s new study has found Sweden to be the most sustainable country in the world. The study, which evaluates 59 countries (21 from developed and 38 from emerging markets) on a...

Jon Lukomnik wins top award - news

Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi), has won the 2013 International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Award for Excellence in...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

Orchestrated by CSR Europe and BiTC, 31 national European networks and organisations in 30 countries joined forces to deliver the first ever pan-European CSR Award Scheme. The winners have just...

IBE appoints associate director - news

Peter Montagnon, currently senior investment adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, is to join the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the new role of associate director. The IBE,...

Banking on a powerful phase of CSR - news

Nick Wright, managing director of CR and Community Affairs, EMEA at UBS, talks about the changes he’s seen during his 10-year tenure at the Swiss bank Q CSR impacts broadly on a...

Corporate diversity still lacking in top European firms - news

Large European companies may have gone global, but this is not yet reflected in their leadership according to a study by AXA Investment Managers. The report, Future-proofing company...

Ethical principles in governance guidance lacking says IBE - news

Attention to ethics is increasingly a core feature of boardroom agendas but there is a lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance, finds a...

CalPERS launches sustainability factor SRI database - news

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and its academic partners have launched a searchable database of more than 700 academic studies on sustainability...

Environmental investing comes of age - news

FTSE Group, the global index provider, has launched the FTSE ET100 index, adding to its FTSE Environmental Markets Series. Jupiter (one of the UK’s leading fund groups) is adopting the new...

‘Sin stocks’ still main ESG focus for many investment funds - news

Only a minority of common investment funds (CIFs) consider issues outside of the traditional 'sin stocks' of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, military and pornography, according to the EIRIS...

Carbon Trust appoints advisory panel - news

The Carbon Trust has appointed a new international advisory panel. The panel brings together a number of top experts from around the world to provide advice on the global low carbon economy to...

Kaufmann appointed CEO of Ethos Foundation - news

Vincent Kaufmann has been appointed deputy ceo of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services. In this position he will work closely with Ethos’ ceo while remaining responsible for fund management...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

Board boost... - news

Answering calls for specific steps to boost women’s representation on boards worldwide, WomenCorporateDirectors and its Global Nominating Commission has unveiled a roadmap for...

Back to the future for CSR professionals? - news

For nearly two decades I have been privileged to lead many of The Co-operative Group’s excellent ethical and environmental programmes. The Co-operative Bank’s charismatic md, Terry...

RobecoSAM kicks off CSA research - news

RobecoSAM, the asset manager focused exclusively on sustainability investing, has invited the 2,500 largest companies (in terms of free float market capitalization) from all industries to...

Investors encourage participation in UN’s ‘PRI for Rio’ global initiative - news

As investors across the globe are increasingly evaluating companies’ ability to address environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges, a coalition of 34...

All in a good day's work - news

The positive effects of employee volunteering on the community sector have long been recognised but there is less understanding of the benefits that volunteering can bring to a business and...

Disney takes more transparent approach to reporting - news

Family entertainment giant and American institution, Disney is changing the way it records and publicises its CSR strategy in citizenship.    The company’s new Citizen...

Poor performance... - news

Poor performance... A damning new survey declares that four out of 10 European companies are paying less attention to their impacts on society than they did a decade ago. This puts the EU at...

Dujardin joins Sustainalytics - news

Sustainalytics has hired Loic Dujardin as a director of the research products team. Loic formally joins the organization on May 1, 2013 and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office....

Italy makes progress but still faces ‘numerous challenges’ - news

Fifteen of the 30 European cities with the worst air pollution are in Italy, reports the OECD in its environmental performance review of the country. The review concedes that Italy has...

Go-Ahead wins Carbon Trust Standard - news

UK bus and rail operator Go-Ahead Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the third time for its action on carbon emissions. The company scored 83% in its assessment, reflecting...

Food security risk high in Africa - news

Food security in 75% of African countries is at high or extreme risk, according to a study by risk analysis company Maplecroft. The risks are highest for areas of sub-Saharan Africa hit by...

New recruits at FTSE ESG unit - news

Kevin Bourne and Gordon Morrison have joined FTSE Group’s new Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Service Unit, Kevin as MD and Gordon as head of a new ESG Analytics team. The unit will...

Dual-class share structure focus of News Corp vote - news

News Corp's controversial dual-class share structure is coming under sustained attack, with institutional and individual investors due to push for its removal at the company's AGM in Los...

FTSE 100 companies act on the UK Corporate Governance Code - news

Major UK-listed companies are embracing transparent reporting, sustainability and strong corporate governance as central pillars of their businesses, and implementing many of the UK Corporate...

The search for value among the numbers - news

We will continue to consume and trade as the climate changes. But in a world where production and supply chains come under increasing strain, how far down the path is it right to exploit...

Cranfield on Corporate Responsibility - news

Connected by the authors’ mutual place of work, the short advisory essays in this book form something of a disjointed and sprawling collective at odds with its aim to be ‘a manifesto...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

Companies either headquartered in France and which operate there will be required to comply with a CSR reporting mandate.   Article 225 of the Grenelle II Act is one of the most...

Think-tank scheme for local investment - news

 A social enterprise finance model of community infrastructure bonds  (Cibs), using multiple revenue streams and links to land and property values through a Special Purpose Vehicle...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

Margaret Thatcher loved to talk up the shareholder democracy – particularly when she was selling off one of the UK’s publicly-owned industries. Which was, as it turned out, quite...

Murdoch withdraws as hacking scandal continues - news

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has fuelled speculation about an impending exit from the troubled media giant after resigning as a director of the three UK subsidiaries behind the...

Shareholders target political spending curbs - news

The two main candidates in this year’s US presidential election stand to gain from large corporations who are attempting to influence their campaigns by pouring money into independent...

Board aims to put natural and financial capital on the same footing in the US - news

It’s time company reporting on environmental, social and governance issues is given the same rigour as financial reporting, Jean Rogers, chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting...

Walmart executives ride out shareholder revolt over bribery scandal ‘dishonour’ - news

Walmart shareholders registered a significant protest against the retail company’s executives at last month’s annual meeting, as the bribery scandal surrounding its Mexico subsidiary...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

Lack of access to data thwarts war on corruption - news

Information about worldwide corruption is being withheld by governments, including the UK administration, campaigners have claimed after an investigation. In November 2009, the UN...

Chesapeake Energy to split ceo & chairman roles - news

Oil and gas firm Chesapeake Energy has agreed to separate its chief executive and chairman roles. The move comes after controversy when chair and CEO Aubrey McClendon borrowed more than $1bn...

When ‘fessing up’ is by far the better option - news

Walmart is the eighth-largest company in the US. It employs two million staff worldwide, and they serve customers more than 200 million times per week in 10,130 retail outlets in 27 countries....

News Corp’s shares soar despite scandal fall-out - news

The investor backlash against the scandals surrounding News Corp appears to have stymied in recent weeks, despite criminal charges brought against former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks...

Remuneration packages spark shareholder revolts - news

Shareholders have finally challenged and changed company decisions after weeks of high-profile campaigning over pay deals and executive elections in the UK. Now further rebellions are...

Companies turn to certification statements to enforce codes of ethics - news

Companies are increasingly using certification statements to ensure staff comply with their codes of ethics, and also as a governance tool, research by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has...

UN endorses ‘historic breakthrough’ on land access rights - news

The UN’s food security working group has endorsed landmark global guidelines to safeguard access-to-land rights for people in developing countries. The Voluntary Guidelines on the...

Walmart board under attack after bribery probe inaction is revealed - news

The supermarket group Walmart is in crisis after bribery allegations in Mexico that have triggered a share price fall and risks of divestments and shareholder revolts. The New York Times...

Kenyan companies sign code of ethics - news

Kenyan companies have signed a code of ethics, hoping to combat problems of corruption and poor governance in the country’s private sector. Dozens of companies from a range of industries...

US ‘Jobs Bill’ raises fears of a scamfest - news

President Barack Obama has signed into law a major bill that excuses most companies from all governance requirements, investors and shareholder groups have said. The so-called ‘Jobs...

Big pension funds failing on SRI disclosure, says study - news

The UK’s largest pension providers are letting down their eight million clients on social and governance issues, says a new study. FairPensions, which surveyed the ten largest...

The problems and opportunities of US non-financial reporting - news

The GRI has been playing catch-up in the US ever since its launch and expansion in other parts of the world. That could be about to change, however, according to the organisation's US...

Dando joins PIRC - news

David Dando has joined the UK proxy agency, Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) to run its custom services team. Joining from the governance advisor HBQ Partners, which...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

The trust between US consumers, investors and corporations has suffered ever since companies were allowed to spend on election campaigns without cap, regulation or disclosure. But, reports...

Richards moves from Aviva to Threadneedle - news

Threadneedle Investments has appointed Iain Richards as head of governance and responsible investment. Richards joins from Aviva Investors, where he was regional head of corporate governance for...

New SRI index launched in Mexico - news

The world’s third large-scale, dedicated SRI index has been launched in Mexico. The Mexican stock exchange, the second-largest in Latin America, has set requirements for companies on...

New governance rules for Tokyo - news

The Tokyo Stock Exchange has announced plans to introduce new governance rules for its index constituents in the Spring. The new requirements, scheduled in response to a spate of investment...

Investor warning: it’s time to look beyond mere carbon disclosure - news

The Institutional Investors’ Group on Climate Change is looking to build real momentum on changing how companies factor in climate change risks to their business operations. Its chief...

Governments given guide to low-carbon investing - news

Some of the world’s largest investors have set out a list of demands on how governments and companies should move ‘beyond disclosure’ in their response to climate change, with...

Ex-ISS employees set up new consultancy - news

A new Australian governance consultancy has been launched by former employees of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Governance. Ownership Matters, headed by Dean Paatsch and with an...

Marshall to head ISS - news

Georgina Marshall has been named as the new head of European research for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Formerly head of corporate governance at Aviva, Marshall will head up research...

Burnand & Frost elected to UKSIF board - news

The UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) has elected Geoff Burnand and Adam Frost to its board. Burnand, chief investment officer at Charity Bank and Frost, head of governance at SRI fund manager...

Ten years and counting on broadening demand for ESG investment tools - news

The FTSE4Good index was launched a decade ago, but its senior executive Tony Campos tells Mike Scott that ESG-driven investments are set to break out of their niche It’s been ten...

Hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of corporate reporting - news

Corporate reporting as an activity is evolving along with the ever rising demands of stakeholders and others. But can integrated reporting bring the transparency and openness being called for?...

US companies doing little to back up big CSR claims - news

KPMG has concluded that US companies are favouring style over substance in their CSR priorities, with a national corporate emphasis on ‘communication’ rather than actual performance....

Firms disclosing political spend after law abolished - news

A growing number of US companies are voluntarily disclosing their political spending and putting restrictions on the political use of their money, according to a new report ahead of the 2012...

Erik Mather dies - news

The Australian ethical investment pioneer Erik Mather has died at the age of 45. He made a name for himself over the past ten years with the establishment of the BT Governance Advisory Service,...

EC sets up programme to advise on SRI - news

The European Commission has hired the services of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the European Federation of Financial Analyst...

Momentum grows for standardised integrated reporting - news

Tomorrow’s company annual report will look very different to today’s as investors increasingly demand professionally-produced, trustworthy non-financial information, Wim Bartels...

Murdochs ride out shareholder revolt - news

Pressure mounts on News Corp as a shareholder-led campaign seeking the removal of key board members prompted a huge protest vote at the company’s AGM. Head of News International James...

inbrief - news

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) has appointed three new board members. Nasser Saidi, head of the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governors, is the ICGN’s first board...

inbrief - news

Amra Balic has joined BlackRock as head of corporate governance and responsible investment for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Balic, previously Standard & Poor’s European...

Security & Human Rights toolkit launched - news

A toolkit for implementing the UN Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights has been launched, as John Ruggie’s “norms” become more and more established in the business...

Calls grow for political spend reporting - news

Investors and academics have made moves to force the US government’s hand on the disclosure of corporate political spending. The International Corporate Governance Network (IGCN)...

inbrief - news

Therese Niklasson has joined Investec Asset Management as the company’s new head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. Niklasson, who joins from Threadneedle, where she...

The Sustainable MBA - news

Aside from its confusing title, The Sustainable MBA is that rarest of things – a simple, accessible and comprehensive account of corporate sustainability. The book is organized...

A corporate accident waiting to happen - news

The phone-hacking scandal has not only closed the UK’s News of the World newspaper, but has cast doubt over the Murdochs’ future at News Corp Tabloid journalism in Britain...

Multinational subsidiaries are no safe haven in Africa - news

It is generally accepted that Africa should deliver strong portfolio growth in the decade ahead. Yet African markets have specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks that need to...

Reasons to be hopeful about the state we’re in - news

Welcome to this September issue of Ethical Performance . I’m welcoming you to this, my first edition as editor, having succeeded Peter Mason in this role last month. I’m new to CSR...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Bank of America responds to financial crisis with first responsibility report - news

The largest US bank has pledged in its first CSR report to put its financial house in order. Bank of America has promised to build a ‘fortress balance sheet’ through...

Scandal sparks News Corp investor backlash - news

A spate of divestments and shareholder lawsuits has added to widespread public criticism of News Corporation in the wake of the UK phone-hacking scandal. The company faces calls to overhaul...

Good governance in the 21st century - news

Joachim Ahrens, Rolf Caspers, Janina Weingarth (eds). Edward Elgar  Publishing. Hardback, 374 pages. £89.95 This book, written almost entirely by academics,  explores how...

The economics of DZ’s new SRI analysis service - news

The German bank has launched one of the first sustainability ratings systems to include financial perspectives in its metrics. Mike Scott talks to the firm’s SRI research head to find out...

Major guidelines get a wash and brush up - news

The OECD has formally adopted a revised text of its Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – 10 years after its last key review. EP looks at what has changed Broadened scope...

AA1000 standards get new seven-strong board - news

Prominent CSR figures have been chosen to serve on an Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 series of standards.   The new seven-member board will serve for a period of one year and will...

inbrief - news

Simon Zadek is to serve as a senior visiting fellow at the Ontario-based Centre for International Governance Innovation. Zadek, who last year left his post as head of AccountAbility, which he...

Blatter pledges FIFA governance body - news

World football’s governing body FIFA has announced it will be introducing a corporate governance and compliance body, following allegations over deep-seated corruption and bribery within the...

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

Bribery, supply chain issues and pay differentials have been identified as key ethical risk areas in the global sports industry. A briefing by the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics...

Backsliding on tax ‘could undermine CSR policies’ - news

Businesses have been urged to adopt defensible and responsible positions on the payment of taxes – or risk pulling the rug from under their overall corporate social responsibility...

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

Compact under the cosh from its own inspectors - news

The United Nations Global Compact has delivered ‘unclear results’ and exposed the UN to reputational damage in its first ten years, according to two of the UN’s external...

inbrief - news

Christian Ragnartz has been made head of asset management at the Swedish SRI fund, AP7. Regnartz, an internal appointment, will oversee income management, ethics and corporate governance issues....

Principles for Responsible Investment: the way ahead - news

The UN PRI has been expanding its operations, membership and global influence in recent years. Mike Scott speaks to the organization’s new chairman, Wolfgang Engshuber, to find out his...

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

Introducing transparency on boardroom pay comes bottom of the list of urgent corporate responsibility tasks compiled by most companies, new research has shown. A study from the...

Pension fund pledges to take tougher stance human rights - news

One of the world’s largest institutional investors has said it will aim to be more ‘active’ and ‘robust’ on corporate governance in its dealings with companies....

British Isles banks have too many CSR blind spots on human trafficking - news

British and Irish banks should consider a far broader range of CSR issues than the present focus on financial stability permits, says a report by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate...

Spain passes new disclosure regime - news

A new Sustainable Environment Act strengthening disclosure requirements has been passed in Spain. The law makes two corporate governance provisions, greatly increasing requirements for executive...

tackling ingrained attitudes about sustainability - news

Mike Scott speaks to Bozena Jankowska, head of sustainability at RCM – the investment manager of Allianz Global Investors – on her plans for more research and education Having one of the world’s...

Western crisis has given Asia more room to adjust - news

Calls for structural reforms in the East no longer hold the force they once did, argues Geoffrey Williams Corporate governance in Asia has been, and continues to be, a thorny issue for...

Private equity move to back ethical firms - news

Co-operative Asset Management has agreed to work with the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to invest in start-up socially responsible companies. The deal means Co-operative Asset...

90% now have a budget for CSR - news

The proportion of companies with a dedicated CSR budget is continuing to increase. A survey of members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group carried out late last year found that...

inbrief - news

The Philippine Stock Exchange has implemented a new ‘comply or explain’ regime for corporate governance among guidelines that came into effect last month. The guidelines, though not...

One report: one plan for future financial stability - news

Efforts to establish integrated reporting have been stepped up in recent months. Mike Scott speaks to Michael Krzus, an accountant at Grant Thornton and crusader for the cause In the...

Atmosphere of mistrust led to public showdown - news

EP looks at how the collapse of the body that oversees the AA1000 standards is rooted in a wider conflict – and at what might happen now it has disappeared The dramatic collective...

Let’s not worry too much about a race to the bottom - news

As long as we have strong governance initiatives,China’s move into Africa may well be benign, says Jonas Moberg There is a growing consensus that companies from the East, in...

Setback for Ruggie vision - news

An alliance of NGOs has severely criticised the proposed United Nations framework on business and human rights – damaging hopes that a consensus on its final shape may soon emerge. In...

Canadian investor dumps Vedanta - news

One of Canada’s largest SRI asset managers is divesting from Vedanta over its human rights and environmental record. Northwest and Ethical Investments, which manages assets of...

Top bank starts to look into its social footprint - news

An international bank is commissioning and publishing independent reports reviewing the social and economic impacts of its operations in various nations. Standard Chartered, which is asking...

Investors set sights on tax dodgers - news

A financial reporting standard to counter corporate tax avoidance has been demanded by a group of asset managers and civil society organizations. A statement signed by organizations...

Bloc resignation exposes row over AA1000’s future - news

A major conflict over future stewardship of the widely-used AA1000 corporate responsibility standards has erupted with the resignation of the entire standards board that oversees them. The...

Putting the 'S' back into ESG: the Oxfam way - news

Oxfam has published research looking at how investors can influence international development and poverty work. Mike Scott speaks to Rory Sullivan, the initiative's community lead...

Was 2010 a watershed year for women in business? - news

One 2010 trend that could easily have been identified by our CSR experts on page nine of this issue was the striking rise up the business and political agenda of the idea that we need more women...

Chinese bank comes to Europe to seek advice - news

The China Development Bank, which is the largest Chinese financial institution engaged in overseas investment, has sent a delegation of senior executives on a two-week study tour to Europe to...

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has jumped  by more than 30 per cent in a year, to 808. The UN claims the surge...

inbrief - news

Australia’s Barrick Gold Corporation is establishing an external CSR advisory board to give the company advice and guidance on ‘challenging social and environmental issues’....

Why Nordic investment is in the vanguard of SRI - news

Socially responsible investors have long looked to the Scandinavian region as a model. Mike Scott speaks to Ulrika Hasselgren to find out what’s so special about the area’s ethical...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

Amnesty International UK has become one of the few NGOs to produce a sustainability report. The group first looked at producing such a document in 2004, but has taken six years to get to...

Think poverty, investors told - news

Investors have been advised by Oxfam to think more about poverty and development when making investment decisions. In a new paper, Better returns in a better world, the NGO says that,...

Coming soon: a fourth revamp of GRI guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced another comprehensive revision of its sustainability reporting guidelines – just four years after the last major overhaul. The GRI,...

inbrief - news

An organ of the Chinese state has created a CSR index jointly with a European partner. The China ESG 40 Equity Index, which has exclusively environmental, social and governance requirements, is...

The Sustainable MBA: the manager’s guide to green business - news

Nick Lakin & Veronica Scheubel, Greenleaf Publishing, hardback,  260 pages. £18.36 Aside from its confusing title, The Sustainable MBA is that rarest of things: a simple,...

Board-level CSR is now the US norm - news

Around two thirds of large US companies now have a corporate responsibility-related board committee to oversee the social and environmental impacts of their business. A new analysis of...

European SRI sector rises to €5trillion - news

The European SRI market has almost doubled in the past two years in spite of the financial crisis covering the period. According to Eurosif’s 2010 SRI Study, sustainable investment in...

Project finance guidance to get a major overhaul - news

The Equator Principles on ethical project financing are to be updated. A ‘strategic review’ will be conducted by the newly created Equator Principles Association, which is run by an...

Alliance aims to ‘accelerate’ progress - news

A coalition from the research, pension fund and business sectors is to urge companies to give priority to improving their sustainability performance. The group’s members – the...

Web is under-used by leaders - news

Every company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is failing to exploit the internet to engage with stakeholders on CSR issues. That’s the conclusion reached in a new study...

Colombia gets broad coalition on human rights - news

Businesses have become involved in a project to promote human rights and humanitarian law in Colombia. Guias Colombia is a coalition of companies, NGOs and the Colombian government that...

why Aberdeen believes it’s always good to talk - news

In-house research and good working relationships are at the heart of one UK asset manager’s SRI strategy. Mike Scott speaks to Cindy Rose, the firm's socially responsible investment head For...

new governance rules respond to risk issues - news

The UK Corporate Governance Code establishes fresh  principles on gender diversity, debate in the boardroom, and pay – but the real emphasis is on risk the background Since the first...

no silver bullet for getting your message across - news

Integrated reporting is no cure-all for the problems of CSR communications, says Roger Cowe What’s so great about annual reports? The proper kind, I mean, not corporate responsibility reports –...

big names to set scene for ‘holy grail’ reporting - news

A mission to create a globally recognized framework for integrated corporate responsibility and financial reporting has been launched by a wide coalition of companies, accountancy bodies,...

Equator backsliders will now face de-listing - news

Financial institutions that have adopted the voluntary Equator Principles on ethical project financing will now be de-listed if they fail to regularly report on how they are upholding them. New...

Will China and friends drive standards to the bottom? - news

If it’s true that companies from non-western nations such as China are gaining an upper hand in the race to control Africa’s oil and minerals, does this come at a price with a race to the bottom of...

China among riskiest places to do business - news

China is one of the developing world's riskiest economies for investors because of its poor performance on environmental, social and governance issues, reports new research from Eiris. This...

BP's chickens are finally coming home to roost - news

Index expulsions and disinvestments are following hard on the heels of the worst oil spill in US history. EP looks at some consequences in the SRI sector The expensive and embarrassing...

Insurer gives investors a say on its reporting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has become one of the first companies to put its annual corporate responsibility report to a shareholder vote. Shareholders endorsed Aviva's CSR report in one of...

European SRI hegemony 'may put off Americans' - news

European dominance of the responsible investment sphere may be dissuading some US investment managers from adopting SRI policies, a think tank has suggested. A study by the Corporate...

New senior roles will take CSR closer to the board - news

Many companies will soon create a high-level post of chief sustainability officer to take the corporate responsibility agenda forward. Sector observers and recruitment specialists say the...

China still poor on CSR, says Eiris - news

China is one of the developing world’s riskiest economies for investors because of its poor performance on environmental, social and governance issues, reports new research from Eiris. This...

Pro-poor initiatives can’t work in isolation - news

Much of the current debate about corporate social responsibility is aimed at persuading businesses that there are sound financial reasons to look beyond the bottom line and to consider social and...

Code aims to put more women on boards - news

UK companies with all-male boards have been told to re-evaluate their selection methods by the country’s governance and reporting regulator, in a move that has been welcomed by investors....

Advising on SRI change and growing complexity - news

Pension fund advisor Towers Watson has stepped into the breach created by some of the structural shifts occurring in responsible investing. Mike Scott speaks to Emma Hunt, head of sustainable...

NGOs get own guidelines - news

Non-governmental organizations have been given a specific version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. Although some NGOs already use the main GRI...

The recipe for success: board-level champions - news

New guidance on how to embed corporate responsibility throughout an organization has stressed the importance of having CSR subcommittees and ‘board-level champions’ to underpin such...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

The CSR minister is no more in UK government. The Conservatives, who in opposition had indicated they would do without the role in power, have ditched it in agreement with their Liberal Democrat...

Human rights principles suffer from ten-year itch - news

Adherents to the business-focused Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights have celebrated the tenth anniversary of their foundation by agreeing a ‘vision statement’...

Pension funds ask for bribery data from companies - news

A $1.7trillion (£1.1tn, €1.3tn) coalition of investors is trying to force companies to come clean on their bribery and corruption management policies following a string of bribery scandals among...

inbrief - news

Neville White joined Ecclesiastical Investment Management as a senior SRI analyst last month. White was manager of governance and ethical investment at CCLA – which provides investment...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

With voting on a new government imminent in the UK, what do the main political parties have to say on the issue of corporate responsibility? EP looks at their plans Britain’s three...

NGOs to get their own reporting requirements - news

Non-governmental organizations will shortly be given their own version of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting. A draft NGO supplement to the guidelines...

ICT firms doing pretty well – but not on climate change - news

The sustainability performance of the information technology industry is being undermined by laggards that fail particularly to tackle climate change, the Two Tomorrows consultancy reports in...

Investors get help with proxy voting - news

UK investment consultants Eiris have begun advising clients on proxy voting based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Last week the company launched an ‘Enhanced ESG...

Lawyers urge OECD changes - news

A global lawyers' organization has said the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development should put new advice on ethical supply chain management, human rights and climate change...

Trying to bring the Nordic region up to speed - news

Nordea's head of SRI, Sasja Beslik, believes responsible investment products in the Scandinavian region are 'ridiculous' and, in many cases, at least ten years behind the times....

Ready for some catch-up - news

Interest in responsible business behaviour has been growing in Latin America – and there are signs that it may increase further. EP looks at the state of CSR in the region Some...

Shareholders 'must have right to curb fat cat pay' - news

European governments should move swiftly to introduce laws that require executive pay to be subject to binding shareholder votes, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) has said....

Investor coalition demands answers from Global Compact 'laggards' - news

Investors signed up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are targeting 86 large companies that failed to submit an update last year on their implementation of the Global Compact’s...

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The first SRI index covering companies in the Middle East and North Africa is to be set up this year by Standard & Poor’s. Criteria will be developed with input from a Dubai-based...

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

The Indian government has published corporate responsibility guidelines that it wants companies to adopt as soon as possible. The official advice, contained in a 16-page document produced...

US business admits bribery - news

US telecoms company UTStarcom has paid $3million in fines after admitting to bribing Chinese officials to win business. The firm was accused of spending around $7m on bribes between 2002 and...

The secret behind Plan A: hard work and branding - news

Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, talks to EP about the successes – and tribulations – associated with the retail chain’s ambitious CSR...

Don’t ignore the power of the board outsiders - news

Non-executive directors can play a crucial role in setting the ethical agenda, argues Danielle Cohen Company training can instil good behaviour in employees, but if corporate culture...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

Chinese businesses are making ‘rapid progress’ on corporate social responsibility, according to new research. A report published by the AccountAbility think tank says companies...

SRI team bites the dust as takeover leaves void - news

One of the best-known British socially responsible investment teams has been disbanded due to a corporate shake-up that has left it with no future role. The three-strong unit at...

Investors ‘need EC-funded training’ on SRI - news

The European Commission has been urged to provide cash to train analysts and investors in evaluating companies’ social and environmental performance. The call comes from the European...

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

A huge alliance of institutional investors is to ask 300 of the world’s largest corporations for data on their water use. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has hitherto...

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Meagan Thompson-Mann has become special adviser on corporate governance to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative. She has previously worked as corporate...

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Paris-based pharmaceuticals multinational Sanofi-Aventis has appointed Gilles Lhernould to its new post of CSR senior vice-president. Lhernould was formerly the senior human resources...

C of E: keeping faith in an ethical approach - news

The Church of England continues to punch above its weight in the responsible investment world – and is not just focussed on exclusion.  Mike Scott talks to Edward Mason about its...

Insurance principles floated - news

Work could soon begin on United Nations-backed ‘principles for sustainable insurance’ created for the global insurance industry. The idea for the principles has been floated by...

Banking reputations take a pounding - news

US banks and financial services are now regarded as the country’s least ethical companies, according to the results of an annual CSR index. Financial sector companies tumbled to the...

GRI steps up diversity plea - news

Companies have been urged to ask their suppliers for more information on diversity performance, and to consider submitting such data to third-party audits. New guidance from the...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

African countries carry the greatest risks for multinationals, according to a ranking of nations with the most hazardous business environments. The Global Risks Index, produced by the...

A step in the right direction - news

Has Sweden’s regulation on the sustainability reporting duties of state-owned firms been effective? The GRI’s Teresa Fogelberg offers her considered assessment When...

The 25-year-old pioneer that’s still going strong - news

One of the catalysts for today’s socially responsible investment scene, the Stewardship Fund was launched in 1984. Mike Scott asks the fund’s current manager, Karina Litvack, for an...

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. The...

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There were 722 CSR and corporate governance-related shareholder resolutions in the recent US proxy voting season, reports the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of...

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Societe General has been named as the leading brokerage for sustainability research in the annual Extel survey. Oddo Securities was ranked first for corporate governance research and UBS in the...

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Ebba Schmidt has been appointed as responsible investment manager at the UK Pension Protection Fund, which pays compensation to members of pension schemes that become insolvent. Schmidt was...

Listed firms to get SRI data - news

The world’s largest stock exchange group, New York Stock Exchange Euronext, has formed a partnership with an SRI research consultancy to provide companies listed on its exchange with...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

After a business partner’s billboard appeared to show Burger King denying climate change, the firm was forced onto the defensive. EP considers the CSR pitfalls of corporate franchises...

‘Forest disclosure’ is next on the agenda - news

A project has been set up to help investors understand the financial hazards of deforestation. The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (FFD) is modelled on the Carbon Disclosure Project,...

Merger of SRI institutions needs careful managing - news

The UN’s takeover of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative raises many issues, says Steve Waygood As you may have read in EP at the back end of last year, the Enhanced Analytics...

Canada offers mediation to extractive sector firms - news

The Canadian government is recruiting a ‘CSR counsellor’ this month to advise the country’s mining, oil and gas companies. The C$150,000-a-year ($130,000, £78,000),...

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Gavin Morris has been appointed managing director with responsibility for engagement at Governance for Owners, a partnership offering help on shareholder activism to investor clients. Morris was...

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Gavin Morris has been appointed managing director with responsibility for engagement at Governance for Owners, a partnership offering help on shareholder activism to investor clients. Morris was...

Firms getting better at dealing with ESG risks - news

Companies worldwide have improved their performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management over the past three years, according to new research. A study of more than...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

The Arab world stands ahead of Eastern Europe and Central Asia when it comes to corporate responsibility, according to the first responsible  competitiveness ranking of the region....

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

Asian real estate companies have poor environmental, social and governance practices, a new study has found. The shortcomings include use of non-renewable raw materials and excessive water...

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

From navel-gazing to real action: it’s been a decade of great strides - news

It is ten years to the month that Ethical Performance first saw the light of day. That’s not long ago in the general scheme of things, but it can be considered a lifetime in the world of...

Axa gives SRI data to its managers ‘as standard’ - news

One of the world’s biggest investment management consultancies has taken the unusual step of providing its portfolio managers with a detailed database on 1800 companies’ social and...

Dutch insert CSR into their governance code - news

The Netherlands government is to bring new requirements on corporate responsibility into the Tabaksblat, the country’s corporate governance code. Parliament has accepted the...

Italian bank comes up with water index - news

An Italian investment bank is to create an index based on water-related risk exposure. EPCI, a rating and index company that is part of Mittel bank, has designed the Global Blue Gold Equity...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

Asian real estate companies are performing poorly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, according to a new study. The report on more than 50 businesses by Singapore-based...

World’s first higher-education SRI school announced in Australia - news

The Australian government is providing A$2.5million ($1.75m, £1.2m) over three years to establish the world’s first academic centre for responsible investment education, training and...

Hong Kong firms failing on CSR - news

Most of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies fail to adopt sound CSR policies, particularly those associated with supply chain, the environment and the workplace, says an Oxfam study....

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

Two new financial indices for the Far East have been created by SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the global index provider. The...

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The London Pensions Fund Authority has appointed Aled Jones as environmental, social and governance investment manager. Jones joins from the Pension Protection Fund, where he was responsible...

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Just over a third of US directors believe corporate responsibility should be overseen directly by their company’s main board, a study has shown. The Deloitte survey of 220 directors at US...

Can short selling ever be ethical? - news

Mike Scott asks investors, both in the mainstream and SRI fields, whether the practice of selling short on stocks is always a bad thing – or might actually serve as a responsible...

Third world companies match western peers - news

Some third world businesses now match their counterparts in developed countries on environmental matters such as climate change, but still lag far behind on human rights and other social issues,...

RiskMetrics buys Innovest - news

RiskMetrics Group, the US-based provider of corporate governance services to global financial markets, has acquired Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. RiskMetrics said its purchase of the...

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Providers of pension plans in Ontario, Canada, should publish details of their SRI practices, an an advisory body has said. The Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions has told the Ontario...

Why the executive pay experience gives useful pointers on taxation - news

The worldwide backlash against ‘fat cat’ pay, particularly in the part-nationalised financial sector ( see page one ), offers a salutary lesson for those who have tried to locate...

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

Some of the world’s best-known private equity companies have agreed responsible investment guidelines. The companies, all members of the US-based Private Equity Council (PEC), will...

Jupiter moves into China - news

Jupiter, the UK fund management consultancy, has set up an investment company to cover China. Jupiter China Sustainable Growth, to be managed by Jupiter’s China fund manager Philip...

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One of the Middle East’s biggest oil producers, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), has announced a three-year corporate responsibility programme. Over the three year period, KNPC...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

Mindful of its client base, the giant TIAA-CREF pension fund for teachers is trying to incorporate corporate responsibility issues into its investment decisions. Mike Scott talks to one of its...

To make real progress we need better leaders - news

Technology can help us transform the world, but commitment is lacking at the top, says Mark Lee Not so long ago I was at the miraculous green space that is The Eden Project – an...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

The Canadian mining company Yamana Gold was brought in to the Jantzi Social Index last month on the grounds of its performance on corporate responsibility issues. Jantzi Research, which...

Australia gets first degree-level CSR course - news

Australia’s first graduate level qualification in corporate responsibility is now being offered at La Trobe University, Victoria. The qualification has been produced by the...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

Corporate Express Australia, the office supplies and services company, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The business took the title at...

Silence on ownership structure ‘hampers CSR debate’ - news

A call has been made for more debate about how company ownership structures should be changed to encourage responsible business practices. Members of a panel at the recent annual Business...

UN to establish non-financial database - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is creating a global database of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment research. The database will be its...

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

Tata has been placed top of a new sustainability index based on the views of India’s opinion leaders. The index, created by BT and GlobeScan, a public opinion and stakeholder research...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

Indian companies are said in a report from BT, the international communications provider, to be taking positive steps towards sustainable development, though the corporate sector’s overall...

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Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, has announced the appointment of two senior investment research analysts – Amanda Young and Laura Aarnio. Young joins...

Tribute: ‘dedicated, authentic, generous and engaging’ - news

More than 350 tributes were sent to EP in the few days after its founder Alistair Townley’s death. Here, just a few of them give a sense of the affection and respect he inspired...

Fund managers making progress on the SRI front - news

Leading UK fund managers have shown a marked improvement in their performance and disclosure on SRI issues during the past year. The latest FairPensions analysis of asset managers...

Funds attack ‘fat cat’ pay at largest five Swiss firms - news

Institutional investors in Switzerland are to make a rare foray into shareholder activism next year in an effort to curb irresponsible levels of executive pay at some of the country’s...

Aviva’s SRI clause gives strong signal to clients - news

One of the world’s leading fund management companies has broken new ground by inserting an SRI clause into all its investment management contracts, regardless of whether clients have asked...

Vodafone consistency brings ranking reward - news

Vodafone has regained the top spot in the annual Accountability rating of the world’s 100 largest corporations. It was previously placed first in 2006. The 2008 rating was compiled...

Obama factor lifts hopes of new era in American CSR - news

Guarded optimism has taken hold of US corporate responsibility proponents as they prepare for what they hope will be a CSR-friendly administration under president-elect Barack Obama. Few...

The Financial Crisis - news

A failure of risk management on a massive scale The crisis has exposed shortcomings and omissions in some ESG research, but will increase demand for non-financial information on...

The financial crisis: will CSR survive the fallout? - news

Could recent events in financial markets be the death of corporate responsibility and responsible investment, or the making of it? Seven commentators give EP their views. Mark Goyder,...

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Merger aims to create ‘powerful voice’ on SRI - news

The Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), which aims to improve the quality of investment research into extra-financial issues, is to be subsumed into the UN Principles for Responsible Investment...

Brown’s reshuffle gives minister a joined-up brief - news

A former climate change minister has taken over the UK government’s corporate responsibility brief. Ian Pearson has been given the portfolio as part of prime minister Gordon...

Do the super rich see SRI as the way forward? - news

Investment specialists often divide the socially responsible investment market in two – retail and institutional. But a third sector exists  – the high net worth individual...

Corporate social responsibility and the global financial crisis - news

The credit crunch has exposed one of the greatest pieces of corporate social irresponsibility ever. It has revealed flaws not only in the banks, regulators and other actors directly involved,...

TV programme fuels Dutch SRI fever - news

A television documentary has been credited with prompting an eightfold increase in the value of assets managed along socially responsible lines over a two-year period in the Netherlands....

Danes lead bid to fund ‘practical’ research - news

Investors, company executives, government officials and academics are to meet in the US next month to establish an international fund for sponsoring SRI research. A roundtable of about 30...

Summit will tackle Asian CSR apathy - news

Widescale apathy towards corporate social responsibility among large Asian companies is to be a major topic on the agenda at the next Asia CSR Summit to be held in Bangkok from 3-4 November....

New ranking may be unpopular, but it's here to stay - news

Pharmaceutical companies are not happy, but a number of influential investors have expressed their support for the Access to Medicine Index. EP looks at a controversial new measure of...

The PRI seeks to pull off a tricky balancing act - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment have passed the two-year mark. EP talks to executive director James Gifford about investor collaboration. The UN Principles for...

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

Helveta wins ethical timber contract in Indonesia - news

Helveta, the information technology company that developed the CI WorldTM software for tracking timber assets in supply chains, has won the contract to enforce ethical principles in...

Good conduct at the very top sets the tone for the rest of us - news

Only business leaders with self-restraint can steer companies along the right path, says the Dalai Lama In Buddhism we believe that the reputation of a company depends on whether it...

Corpocracy - news

Robert A G Monks . Hardback. 252 pages. Wiley. £15.99/$29.95 This book is a call for action to restore fiduciary responsibility and expunge lip-service accountability from US...

CSR's trail-blazer needs to get out of the thicket and back on track - news

The UK government has been instrumental in the development of corporate social responsibility over the last decade. Listed companies must now produce annual forward-looking business reviews that...

Analysts agree KPIs - news

Key performance indicators covering environmental, social and governance matters for use by investment analysts and others have passed the first major hurdle towards their wide adoption....

Big firms fail to integrate their reports - news

Annual reports and sustainability reports do not cross-reference each other enough, says a new study by a London-based communications consultancy. Black Sun found that only 32 of the annual...

IMF creates standards for sovereign wealth funds - news

A code of conduct for sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) is being drawn up by one of the world's most powerful economic institutions. The final document, which the International Monetary...

Japanese governance needs addressing - news

The system of governance in most of Japan’s listed companies fails to meet shareholders’ needs, despite significant improvements in some businesses, says a report from the Asian...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

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Doughty Hanson, one of Europe’s largest independent private equity companies, has given Adam Black responsibility for internal sustainability issues. Black, who joins from KPMG, where he...

Enthusiasts find they have a global hit on their hands - news

Ethical Investment Research Services first began assessing companies a quarter of a century ago. Mike Scott talks to its chief executive Peter Webster Peter Webster, chief executive of...

Business shouldn’t wait for a consensus on human rights - news

John Ruggie, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, identifies no fewer than 27 internationally recognized human rights associated with business. From freedom of thought to freedom of...

Higgs praised for vital role in Bitc’s early days - news

Business in the Community has paid tribute to Sir Derek Higgs, who has died aged 64, for the ‘pivotal’ role he played in establishing the organization. Sir Derek is better known...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

Campbell Soup Company, the US convenience food manufacturer, is to make corporate responsibility part of its overall business strategy. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 business, which has...

New mandate for Ruggie? - news

A new mandate is expected to be handed to John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, allowing him to explore further how the UN can encourage companies...

Asian firms feature in FT shortlist - news

Six Asian entrants were chosen for the short lists in this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, given by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s funding...

Malaysian stock exchange promotes CSR - news

Public limited companies have been urged by the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange to improve their CSR practices and integrate them into mainstream activities. This, says Bursa Malaysia, would show...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

I nsight Investment has developed an approach to SRI investing that takes account of its requirement to hold stocks right across the market. Mike Scott talks to Rory Sullivan. The investment...

institutional investors offered rating service - news

A corporate responsibility rating service focusing on business risks has been created by Pirc. The GovernancePlus Rating Service extends the UK-based governance adviser’s existing analysis to...

death knell for UN norms as Ruggie delivers verdict - news

Any realistic prospect of a binding set of United Nations ‘norms’ governing the human rights responsibilities of multinationals was ended last month by the final report of John Ruggie, the UN...

L&G UK Ethical Trust has its strong points, but they come at a cost that may be unpalatable to some - news

L&G Ethical Trust is an ethical tracker, and there aren't many of those about. Ideally, such a fund would provide investors with low-cost exposure to a basket of ethical companies from...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

Bonds that reflect social and environmental concerns are becoming more popular among institutional investors in Europe and several fixed income products are now available, says Mike Scott...

Counting companies in is preferable to shutting them out - news

Ethical investment is going back to the past. The earliest ethical funds, such as the Friends Provident family of Stewardship funds in the UK and the Pax World fund family in the US, grew out of...

GRI needs strategies not stories - news

Companies using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines are failing to explain how their sustainability strategies are likely to affect their business’ position in the...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of the...

Vigeo teams up with Asian partner - news

Vigeo, the leading European CSR ratings agency, is extending its coverage into the Asia Pacific area by forming a partnership with OWW Consulting, a Malaysia-based specialist in responsible...

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Amnesty International UK has appointed its first transparency and accountability manager. Simone Pereira will be responsible for the pressure group’s in-house corporate responsibility...

Newton advances the science of investment - news

A thematic approach to socially responsible investment paid off for Newton Investment Management last year when financial stocks suffered in the credit crunch, writes Mike Scott. The...

Activist fund manager dies - news

Alastair Ross Goobey, a prominent British fund manager who consistently campaigned for greater corporate accountability, has died aged 62. Ross Goobey started his career at Kleinwort Benson...

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

Governance scandals and climate change are pushing social and environmental issues up the agenda for companies and investing institutions in Australia. Erik Mather talks to Mike Scott The...

A bright future is in prospect for ethical investment indices - news

Another day, another ethical investment index. Last month, three big equity index providers added to their already extensive offerings. Standard & Poor’s launched the ESG Index of 50...

European banks lead pack on climate change - news

HSBC and ABN Amro are ahead of their peers in responding to climate change, according to a survey of 40 retail and investment banks. The five best performers were all based in Europe, with...

India gets its own SRI index - news

India has become the latest emerging market to have a dedicated index of companies that demonstrate superior social and environmental performance. The universe of Standard &...

VicSuper is best Aussie fund - news

The VicSuper superannuation fund has been named Sustainable Super Fund of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The fund won the title for integrating environmental, social and...

ABN Amro in Indian reporting first - news

ABN Amro India has produced its first sustainability report, making it the first institution in the Indian financial sector to publish such a document. The report includes key indicators on ABN...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

When the countries of the world agreed ambitious targets for combating extreme poverty, hunger and disease at the UN Millennium Summit, 2015 sounded a long way off. Now, with just seven years to...

spotlight falls on emerging markets - news

The World Bank's private sector arm has commissioned what it says will be the first comprehensive review of the state of socially responsible investment in emerging markets. The International...

investors fight German plans - news

Institutional investors are opposing moves in Germany that would curb shareholder activism. A proposed law, being considered by the Bundestag, would stop shareholders consulting each other prior...

BT's approach to reporting wins top award - news

BT has won the top accolade at the UK Awards for Sustainability Reporting. Among the reasons for the telecoms company's victory were its efforts to outline the business case for CSR, a detailed...

Sweden introduces state sector reporting regulation - news

All state-owned companies in Sweden will be required to produce annual sustainability reports from 31 March 2009. In the first move of its kind in the world, the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and...

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Most studies that have considered the effect of incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance factors into investment decisions have found there is a positive or at least neutral...

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Merrill Lynch has taken a minority stake in Asset4, the Switzerland-based environmental, social and corporate governance research provider. As part of the deal, the investment bank will incorporate...

US companies ‘fail to tell it like it is’ - news

One of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility in the US is the lack of openness among companies about the problems they face, a leading socially responsible...

investors fight off plan to curb voting rights – for now - news

Socially responsible investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) drew back from plans to curtail their ability to raise...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

Japanese companies perform strongly on environmental issues but need to improve in other areas to match European achievements, says a report from Ethical Investment Research Services. The report...

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Graham Baxter, BP’s former corporate responsibility vice-president, has become responsible business solutions director at the International Business Leaders’ Forum. Baxter will oversee the IBLF’s...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

leadership role is ‘asking too much’ - news

A leading figure at Amnesty International has suggested that multinationals are being asked to take on too much responsibility for advancing human rights. Chris Marsden, chair of the Amnesty...

good governance 'is key to meaningful change' - news

The mining industry needs to extend its corporate responsibility efforts beyond well-trodden areas such as community support and do more to improve governance at national and local levels. That’s...

pension funds keep their SRI lights under a bushel - news

The pension funds of some of Britain’s most socially responsible companies have been criticized for lacking transparency on their social and environmental stances. Of 278 funds run on behalf of...

‘conservative’ managers told to change their ways - news

Findings from one of the largest ever corporate responsibility research projects suggest that executives with social and environmental responsibilities are too cautious in their aims. The European...

Birgden heads Mercer’s drive in Asia - news

Helga Birgden, an experienced manager in governance and sustainable investment, has been appointed to lead the Asia-Pacific responsible investment business unit of Mercer Investment Consulting, a...

Corporate social responsibility and the shaping of global public policy - news

Matthew J. Hirschland Hardback. 202 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £42.50/$69.95 Companies and civil society are increasingly assuming the role of responsible governments to protect the...

sub-prime fallout reaches the ethical fund market - news

The credit squeeze in the financial markets that led the Bank of England to intervene on behalf of the UK mortgage lender Northern Rock is having a knock-on effect in the ethical funds market,...

managing risk across a range of asset classes - news

PGGM, one of the biggest pension funds in Europe, applies both exclusionary and engagement policies to its huge portfolio of equities and other investments in an effort to minimize social and...

Business solutions for the global poor - news

V. Kasturi Rangan, John Quelch, Gustavo Herrero, Brooke Barton (editors). 433 pages. Hardback. Jossey-Bass. £30.99/$55 Ever since C. K. Prahalad, Stuart Hart and Allen Hammond proposed the...

making foundations part of a CSR strategy - news

The advance of corporate social responsibility is causing some companies to review whether their corporate foundations need to change to reflect new priorities In the public mind, there is...

new kitemark for companies comes at a cost - news

Companies of all sizes will soon be able to qualify for a new corporate responsibility kitemark. The SEE Stamp, which should be available within the next couple of months, has been devised by...

new firm provides Aussie SRI services - news

A specialist governance research and engagement service called Regnan has been set up in Australia by eight institutional investors and the country’s largest university. Erik Mather, managing...

Chinese CSR reporting driven by image - news

The main triggers for sustainability reporting in China are raising image, supporting government policies, increased enterprise management awareness and media pressure, a CSR consultancy has...

climate change reporting ‘needs to improve’ - news

Climate change disclosure by Australian corporates could be significantly improved, reports the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. The conclusions...

VicSuper and Hesta join ethical alliance - news

Two Australian companies have become associate members of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), an international organization that gathers information from asset owners and asset managers to...

‘Ethical’ becomes ‘Responsible’ for EIA - news

The Ethical Investment Association is to change its name to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. More than 85 per cent of members at a special general meeting voted for the...

Aussie investors create research arm - news

Eight large institutional investors have combined with Monash University in Melbourne to set up a specialist service provider in governance research and engagement. The founding companies –...

inbrief - news

ABN Amro has won this year’s Financial Times Sustainable Bank of the Year award. The Dutch bank’s Indian operation, ABN Amro India, was winner in the global emerging markets category. Now in...

investor disclosure is possible, material – and also necessary - news

Fund managers should be as transparent on climate change data as everyone else, argues Nick Robins Over the past decade, investor action on climate change has evolved in remarkable ways. Back...

companies warned against headlong rush into biofuels - news

A leading socially responsible investor has warned that companies are rushing to bring biofuels to market without giving proper consideration to the full range of social and environmental risks...

inbrief - news

Insight Investment had 400 formal engagements with companies on corporate responsibility topics last year. Most of the discussions were on two issues – health and safety (154) and climate change...

talk could plug data gap - news

A lack of communication between research teams in different parts of the investment industry appears to be an important factor in the reluctance of many institutional investors to take adequate...

market at the base of the pyramid put at $5trillion - news

Companies developing products for sale to some of the world’s poorest people are opening up a market worth as much as $5trillion (£2.5tn) a year. The figure appears in the first study to...

Dutch bank sets up Indian SRI fund - news

The Dutch bank ABN Amro has started the Indian Sustainable Development Fund. This follows the introduction of its SRI funds covering two other emerging markets in China and Brazil. The bank...

building a consensus on human rights and business - news

Normative principles are an essential step towards legally defined standards, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler John Ruggie’s recently submitted final report to the United Nations’ Human Rights...

not unworkable, just a fresh way of thinking - news

EP talks to the Conservative party’s Jonathan Djanogly about the state of his party’s policies on corporate responsibility – and why the CSR minister post may be old hat It’s not often the...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

Mainstream investors are now adapting SRI investment techniques to help satisfy their clients’ overriding need for good financial returns. EP talks to Neil Brown, head of governance and...

east European business ‘is still ignoring CSR’ - news

Companies in central and eastern Europe have been accused of making little progress on corporate responsibility in the 17 years that have elapsed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A study...

activist ‘wolves’ throw investors into confusion - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have been warned about SRI-like resolutions being proposed for company meetings that reprehend the board for approving CSR measures. An email alert...

making sense of where climate change fits into CSR - news

Five years ago, at the height of the furore about Enron, some within the SRI community sought to present CSR as the first cousin of corporate governance, then a prime business concern. Corporate...

social issues to the fore as annual meeting votes draw near - news

This year’s proxy voting season  in the US looks like being one of the liveliest yet. Activist investors, buoyed by recent successes, sense that on key issues such as executive pay, climate...

Indian local government office goes down SA8000 route - news

A local government office in the Medak district of Andhra Pradesh State, India, has gained SA8000 certification, the standard that assesses organizations on labour conditions, union rights and...

inbrief - news

Two key SRI figures who lost their jobs in the recent shake-up at Henderson Global Investors ( EP8, issue6 ) have taken up posts elsewhere. Rob Lake, former head of corporate engagement, has...

inbrief - news

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has chosen Oslo for its permanent headquarters. The decision was taken at the first board meeting of the group, which has spent the last four...

make more use of KPIs, reporters are told - news

Britain’s insurance industry has asked businesses to improve the quality of their disclosures through greater use of key performance indicators (KPIs) when reporting publicly on their social and...

inbrief - news

Socially responsible church and charity fund manager CCLA Investment Management has appointed Line Oquab to its London-based SRI team, taking its complement to three. Oquab, previously with...

private equity finds itself in the unwelcome glare of publicity - news

Private equity's success has invited greater scrutiny and the sector is now facing demands for disclosure of its record on social responsibility. This mirrors the experience of public companies...

analysts witness birth of new SRI approach - news

A new investment style has emerged during recent months, say two leading analysts. Meg Brown and Mike Tyrrell, sustainable investment analysts at Citigroup, say they have observed more...

inbrief - news

Vigeo has been selected by the French Pensions Reserve Fund to report on the environmental, social and governance performance of its €13.7billion ($18bn, £9.2bn) European equity fund. The...

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

The Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), the ailing London Stock Exchange project that has been addressing ‘questionnaire fatigue’, has been transferred to a new owner. The project has...

financial reporting needs sustainability dimension - news

Mainstream reporting is ineffective as an accountability instrument for shareholders, says Simon Zadek So the emperor has no clothes after all. After being encouraged for so long to be awed...

insurance company scoops top ethical award - news

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has taken the top spot in Ethical Investor’s 2006 Australian Sustainability Awards for its climate change policies. The organizers said that possibly no...

ADB supports water projects - news

The Asian Development Bank is to double its annual investment in water provision and management to more than $2billion (£1.04bn). The decision follows an estimate from the Asia Water Watch 2015...

inbrief - news

Mervyn King is to be the new chair of the Global Reporting Initiative board from 1 January. King, a former judge of the South African Supreme Court, chaired the South African Institute of...

pension funds appoint research providers - news

A large French pension fund has chosen Paris-based rating agency Vigeo and Munich-based research provider oekom to assist in developing a new SRI policy. ERAFP (Établissement de Retraite...

uncertainty shrouds business review regime - news

Concerns are growing that businesses will not know what they need to include in the annual business reviews required by the UK's new Companies Act, which received Royal Assent last month....

neutered Companies Bill nears the statute book - news

The Companies Bill, which will introduce a limited range of light-touch measures to encourage corporate responsibility in the UK, will finally receive royal assent this month. The Bill,...

business urged to ally with NGOs to fight corruption - news

Companies have been urged to make greater efforts to work with non-governmental organizations on tackling corruption in countries with weak governance. Peter Eigen, head of Transparency...

big SRI player changes its tack on engagement - news

UK-based Henderson Global Investors, one of the most prominent firms in socially responsible investment, has moved to allay fears that its elimination last month of the post of head of corporate...

Apac targeted by Sustainable Banking Awards - news

Applications from Asia Pacific are being sought for the second FT Sustainable Banking Awards, which recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social, environmental...

Malaysian prime minister speaks out on CSR - news

Public listed companies in Malaysia have made significant progress in corporate governance compliance, said Abdullah Badawi, the premier and finance minister, when he put forward his tentative...

Indian agency wins IFC grant - news

The Indian CSR consultancy Crisil has become one of five organizations around the world to win the Capturing Value research competition run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has published a CSR framework setting out guidelines for public listed companies on environmental, community, marketplace and workplace activities. Bursa Malaysia...

pressures mount on carbon disclosure - news

Investors are not yet asking companies the right questions about their carbon strategies. As a result, companies are not providing the information needed Interest in the effects of climate...

shadowy private equity threatens accountability - news

Private consortia takeovers of public companies pose a threat to corporate responsibility, argues Roger Cowe FTSE4Good is in danger of becoming FTSE4Gone as leading companies such as BAA,...

inbrief - news

North American gold mining company Goldcorp has been admitted to the Jantzi Social Index. Jantzi Research, the Canadian social and environmental research company that runs the index, said...

inbrief - news

Raj Thamotheram has joined AXA Investment Managers as director of responsible investment. Thamotheram, who was senior adviser for responsible investment at the UK-based Universities...

SRI proponents warned of ‘push back’ - news

Signs are emerging of a possible backlash against socially responsible investment in some quarters, according to a specialist in the field. Stephen Hine, head of international relations at Ethical...

HSBC takes sustainable banking award - news

HSBC has been named Sustainable Bank of the Year in a new awards programme recognizing financial institutions that have shown ‘leadership and innovation’ on social, environmental and corporate...

China gets first SRI fund - news

The Bank of China has set up the country's first fund applying SRI criteria. The fund, under the bank's International Investment Managers, will refer to governance and social responsibility...

shareholder activists take heart at Shell AGM vote - news

Shareholder activists in the UK have been encouraged by the level of support shown at Shell’s annual meeting for a resolution criticizing the oil giant’s social and environmental performance....

eight firms reported over ‘breaches’ of UN Compact - news

Eight official complaints about alleged breaches of United Nations Global Compact principles by signatory companies have been registered in the six months since a review procedure was introduced,...

inbrief - news

Insight Investment’s director of investor responsibility, Steve Waygood, is the new chair of the UK Social Investment Forum. Waygood takes over the role from Emma Howard Boyd, head of SRI and...

inbrief - news

Leon Olsen, senior researcher at the UK’s Ashridge Centre for Business and Society, has moved to become a manager in the corporate responsibility practice at Deloitte & Touche’s London...

inbrief - news

Craig Mackenzie, Insight Investment’s head of investor responsibility, is to become head of business ethics at the new Centre for Ethics in Public Policy and Corporate Governance at Glasgow...

inbrief - news

Tips for companies on managing partnerships with civil society groups have been posted online by the AccountAbility think-tank. The Partnership Governance and AccountAbility Framework website,...

the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment are a welcome initiative - news

The last thing corporate social responsibility needs is a new acronym. That said, the Principles for Responsible Investment – PRI for short – launched last month in New York (see page one ) are...

SRI research gets boost - news

An initiative to provide investors in emerging market equities with better research on the social, environmental and governance performance of companies has been set up by the International...

pension funds adopt investment principles - news

The pressure on companies to disclose social, environmental and governance risks has increased dramatically with a commitment by institutional investors controlling more than $2trillion (£1.1tn)...

Pakistan awaits CSR inquiry results - news

Full details of an inquiry into CSR in Pakistan are to be published soon. The inquiry has been set up and run by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as part of an initiative on...

Asia-specific CSR guidelines are published - news

New advice for investors on what they should be requiring from companies on CSR issues has been published by the Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). A...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

Plans to create a Europe-wide federation of companies on corporate responsibility have been outlined in the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR white paper, published at the end of last...

Westpac is most sustainable company - news

Westpac bank has won the Australian Sustainable Company of the Year title in the 2005 Australian Sustainability Awards. The Insurance Australia Group received the award for the company with...

inbrief - news

HBOS and HSBC have emerged as the two best-performing British high street banks in a review by Henderson Global Investors. Henderson studied the overall strategy, corporate governance, ethical...

Chinese companies now have evaluation criteria - news

Chinese companies can now use the country’s first cross-industry corporate responsibility benchmark. The benchmark, unveiled at a United Nations Global Compact summit in Shanghai, is...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

inbrief - news

Barclays has promoted Alastair Camp to the post of corporate responsibility director, reporting to Stephen Whitehead, Barclays’ corporate affairs director. Camp was previously a managing director...

East Europeans fare well - news

Estonia, Slovenia and Lithuania have been judged the best emerging-country performers in an index that ranks companies and governments on their efforts to promote and implement responsible...

Levi Strauss heads the pack in Canada - news

Levi Strauss has come top in an analysis of how the 25 main clothing retail companies in Canada fare on labour standards. Levi scored 71 out of a possible 100 points for performance across five...

lawyers find no legal basis for objections to SRI - news

A team of more than 25 lawyers from around the world has concluded that the prevailing belief among mainstream investors that it is unlawful to take environmental and social issues into account...

OFR repeal sours NGO relations with government - news

The UK government’s decision to abolish the Operating and Financial Review (OFR) has seriously damaged its already shaky relationship with non-governmental organizations active in the corporate...

Asia Pacific countries make show in new index - news

Three Asia Pacific countries appear in the top half of a league table drawn up in a competitiveness and responsibility report by the international think-tank AccountAbility. The Responsible...

abolition of OFR met by across-the-board anger - news

Surprise and anger have greeted news that the UK government has scrapped its requirement on large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews (OFRs) just as it was about to come...

Company Law Reform Bill seeks to foster ‘enlightened’ approach - news

The UK Company Law Reform Bill, published last month, upholds the primacy of shareholders, but says directors need to consider the interests of other parties What stage are we at with...

two sectors agree to pool their resources - news

Electronics companies are linking up with telecoms businesses to examine ways of working together on ethical supply chain management. Signatories to the recently developed Electronics...

salvage attempts begin in wake of the OFR's abolition - news

Friends of the Earth is to seek a judicial review of last month's controversial UK government decision to abolish regulations that would have required large companies to produce Operating and...

Foreigners scoop China CSR awards - news

Four foreign companies have won inaugural CSR awards in China organized by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCham). Nu Skin (US, Pharmaceuticals) won the award for best community outreach,...

Don't get complacent on SRI, Australians told - news

Australia seems to have lost its understanding of what sustainability and socially responsible investment mean, ethical investors were told in a recent speech by Tessa Tennant, chair of the...

Clinton project brings business on board - news

Business is to play a central role in the Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to generate concerted worldwide action in four areas - poverty reduction, conflict resolution, climate change and...

high-profile laggards making little progress - news

Fourteen of the world's 100 largest businesses have scored less than ten out of 100 in the second annual AccountAbility Rating of their social and environmental performance. The companies,...

it's time for companies to facilitate good governance - news

Companies should help countries to become more stable places to do business, says Martin Summers The long-term prosperity of many countries depends on their ability to move away from...

pension body fights shy of CSR policy - news

The UK pension industry's trade body has decided against producing guidelines on corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment. The National Association of Pension...

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

Business for Development: business solutions in support of the Millennium Development Goals - news

Edited by Lloyd Timberlake. WBCSD, 90 pages. Electronic. Free. Business for development is the latest online publication from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development,...

sleeping continent needs kick-start to get CSR going - news

Inactivity is the norm in South America when it comes to corporate responsibility, says Oliver Balch When you talk about corporate social responsibility in Europe, people think you're...

nuance is new key to ranking - news

The company that runs the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has claimed so many businesses are now getting to grips with their social and environmental responsibilities that the difference between...

Rusal makes play to become leader in Russia - news

Russia may at last have its first big corporate player in the corporate social responsibility field. Moscow-based Rusal, which produces a tenth of the world’s aluminium, has created the senior...

companies put on notice as UN Compact gets teeth - news

The United Nations has finally agreed a complaints procedure to deal with any allegations that corporate signatories to its Global Compact might be breaching its underlying principles. The...

why US companies are a blot on FTSE4Good's landscape - news

Many US companies are failing to meet the criteria necessary for inclusion in one of the world's best-known SRI indexes. EP looks at the reasons - and the excuses It has its critics, but...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

rating market consolidates as European agencies merge - news

Two of the largest socially responsible investment rating agencies in continental Europe have merged. Brussels-based Ethibel and Paris-based Vigeo have joined forces to create the...

Malaysia gets sustainability reporting guidelines - news

Guidelines giving a comprehensive introduction to sustainability reporting have been issued by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Malaysia – because companies in this country need...

funds challenge Aussie businesses on ethics - news

Five superannuation funds have urged the directors of Australia’s largest companies to encourage good business ethics to protect themselves against regulation, litigation and reputation risks. They...

private firms criticized over logging - news

The private sector’s role in supporting illegal logging in Indonesia is highlighted in a new report on the trade. The failings of private business are associated with a complex mixture of...

Japanese lead on CSR reporting - news

Large companies in Japan lead the world in producing standalone corporate responsibility reports, says the KPMG international survey of the biggest corporations. Altogether 80 per cent of large...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

climate change is next on FTSE4Good's agenda - news

Further pressure on companies to respond to climate change will be generated by a decision on the part of FTSE4Good to make this an explicit test of eligibility for inclusion in the index from...

Oxiana makes reporting debut - news

Oxiana, the Australian mining and exploration company, whose main assets are in Laos, has produced its first sustainability report. The 38-page report covers the company’s governance and management...

Birgden joins UniSuper - news

Helga Birgden has taken up the new post of manager of governance and sustainable investments in the investment department of UniSuper Management Pty, which is a founding member of the Australian...

China gets CSR research programme - news

A one-year CSR research programme is to be carried out by the China Pudong Cadre College in Shanghai and the UK foreign ministry at a cost of £100,000 ($185,000). The research is expected...

Atlantic drift may bring proxy voting transparency to UK - news

Sarbanes-Oxley has opened the proxy voting records of thousands of US mutual funds to public scrutiny, adding a new dimension to shareholder activism. The knock-on effects are now being felt in...

OFR regime is now complete - news

The last element of the UK’s Operating and Financial Review regime was put in place last month with the publication of a reporting standard by which companies now have to abide. The final...

Mehra hits out at apathy - news

The woman who has been given the job of leading UK government efforts to promote sustainable development in developing countries in Asia and elsewhere has criticized both the private and the...

Asian investment managers think SRI will go mainstream - news

New research shows that 85 per cent of Australian and Asian investment managers believe SRI practices will become mainstream within ten years. These managers were more optimistic than their...

defining the limits of investor responsibilities - news

CSR lies in the realm of investment, and not governance, analysis, argues Christine Farnish Some people argue that institutional investors should take account of social, environmental and...

climate change action fends off US activists - news

Shareholder activists in the US have agreed to drop climate change resolutions tabled at five oil and gas businesses now that the companies have announced new measures on the issue. In a sign...

firms ‘need each other’ to raise supplier performance - news

More and more companies are realizing they cannot tackle supply chain issues on their own and will have to work on them with their commercial rivals, a leading auditing firm has concluded....

Standard Chartered Bank beefs up its structure - news

One of the world’s leading international banks has stepped up its commitment to CSR by creating a board-level Corporate Responsibility and Community Partnership Committee to sit alongside its three...

companies back logging action - news

A ratings system showing the countries where illegal logging is rife is being drawn up to help businesses, customers, investors and other stakeholders to avoid supporting the practice. The...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

Brazil is to get its own sustainability index this summer. The benchmark, being set up by Bovespa, the Brazilian stock exchange, is expected to be introduced in July or August as the Brazilian...

toy firms make headway on factory certification - news

An ‘ethical manufacturing programme’ started by the global toy industry in 2002 appears to be on course to meet its monitoring targets.   Across China – where 75 per cent of the world’s toys...

‘fatigue’ in supply chains needs government tonic - news

The World Bank has become so concerned at the slowing momentum of ethical supply chain monitoring that it is urging governments to become involved. The bank feels many companies’ supply chain...

CEOs see value of good behaviour - news

Nearly all chief executives in Asia were found in a survey to believe that effective governance, risk management and compliance enhance the value of their companies and give a competitive...

two SRI indexes for Australia - news

Australian investors will soon have two options for selecting CSR performers. Australia’s first SRI index is being established by RepuTex, the social responsibility ratings agency, to track the...

investors pick brokers for SRI bonuses - news

Seven brokerage houses have now been chosen by a mainstream institutional investors’ group to receive a financial incentive for providing research on companies’ social and environmental...

companies still slow to act, former Australian minister says - news

Progress in corporate sustainability made by Australian businesses, non-governmental organizations and the media has won praise from Ros Kelly, the former federal environment minister. However,...

tsunami prompts best practice advice - news

Advice to corporates on best practice response to disasters is being developed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami....

analysts ‘not to blame’ for lack of interest in SRI - news

Investment managers and pension fund trustees, rather than analysts, are largely responsible for the relative lack of interest from institutional investors in the social and environmental...

Monks adds ‘heavyweight’ presence - news

The veteran US corporate governance activist Bob Monks has taken a ‘substantial minority equity interest’ in the London-based social and environmental research company Trucost. Monks, who founded...

inbrief - news

Amendments to the European Union’s Accounting Directives proposed by the European Commission should further increase – albeit modestly – pressure on companies to report their wider responsibilities...

second term for Bush puts the ball in corporate court - news

While the US election results were widely regarded as bad news for CSR, the re-election of the president could, paradoxically, be a catalyst for change It would be wrong to say that gloom has...

Hewitt has final word on OFR - news

The UK government has finally settled the details of the new operating and financial reviews that will require large public companies to report annually on their social and environmental impacts,...

inbrief - news

Socially responsible investment rating agency CoreRatings has been bought by the Norwegian risk management and certification foundation Det Norske Veritas. DNV, which is best known in the CSR...

inbrief - news

Corporate responsibility is to feature in a new £1.7million ($3.1m) global leadership and governance research programme being undertaken by the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. The five-year...

time for tax avoidance to become a CSR issue - news

We all have a moral duty to contribute to society by paying taxes, so why do we tolerate companies that don’t pull their weight, asks John Christensen Paying taxes is one of the fundamental ways...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

One of Europe’s largest banks has reorganized its head office to put more resources into its social and environmental performance. Netherlands-based ABN Amro has created a dedicated sustainable...

'The business case for corporate social responsibility' by Peter D. Kinder - news

From the President, KLD Research & Analytics Inc. In response to your News Alert on the subject of the European Commission white paper's avoidance of regulation, I would say that the...

Asia falls short on corporate governance - news

Asia is still a long way off having a 'truly robust legal and regulatory regime for corporate governance'. The finding is in the latest CG Watch, the annual survey by the Asian Corporate...

Omron sets up CSR centre - news

The Japanese Omron Corporation, a global leader in automation, sensing and control technology, has established a CSR management headquarters at its base in Kyoto. Omron, which adopted the motto...

Most responsible Australasian firms identified - news

A list of Australia's 100 most socially responsible companies and New Zealand's top 20 has been published by RepuTex, the Melbourne-based ratings organization. In Australia the highest AAA...

Six scoop corporate governance awards - news

Korea's best corporate governance awards for this year have gone to KT, Posco, KT&G, Daum Communications, LG Telecom and LG Micron. The country's Corporate Governance Service, which was set...

Investors take ethical approach - news

Outside institutional investors are taking stakes in Korean companies with high value but weak corporate governance - and are then demanding ethical improvements. Gweon Seong-chul, president of...

CSR on the rise in Japan - news

More Japanese companies are showing an interest in CSR, says a survey of about 600 of the country's businesses by the General Press Corporation, a web content provider. CSR was mentioned in 22...

Managers gather for China summit - news

Conducting business responsibly in China, which is becoming the world's largest manufacturer, will be the theme of the Ethical Corporation Asia conference in New York on 5 and 6 October. The...

Asia fares poorly in new index - news

Korea has taken 40th place among 50 countries in a CSR index rating by Danish research institute The Copenhagen Centre, and the UK-based CSR institute Accountability. Korea's was one of several...

New business group tackles human rights - news

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

Shareholder activism has been the hottest topic in CSR over the past five years, an analysis of Ethical Performance contents in the period shows. The indexes of EP for...

NGOs put the Global Compact on notice - news

Cross-sector support for the United Nations’ Global Compact appears be unravelling as an increasing number of non-governmental organizations begin to publicly...

Wellcome opts for engagement - news

The UK’s largest charity by asset size has appointed Insight Investment to provide a shareholder engagement service on corporate responsibility and governance issues...

CSR ‘must be allied to political lobbying’ - news

Companies have been told that they must start working more closely with governments and policymakers if corporate social responsibility is to make further advances....

investors begin work on global principles - news

Major institutional investors around the world are to develop a set of global principles for responsible investment. The investors will refer to the principles when...

inbrief - news

The largest Aids organization in the US has formed a subsidiary to lobby companies to do more to tackle the disease. The Aids Healthcare Foundation says the new...

Singapore alliance sows seeds - news

Representatives of unions, government and business have come together to promote corporate social responsibility in Singapore. In a new alliance, the National...

consumer products sector comes out top - news

Consumer products companies have scored more highly than other businesses in a newly-devised rating of the world’s 100 largest companies. Firms in the sector, led...

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

Amnesty International UK is to become one of the few non-governmental organizations to produce a social report. The move, which could put pressure on some of...

EU forum stays quiet on need for regulation - news

No proposals for regulation have been put forward in the final report of the European Union’s multi-stakeholder forum on CSR. Although the forum, set up to look at...

Angola opens up on oil - news

Sustained pressure on governments to disclose how much revenue they receive from extractive companies appears to have borne fruit with a decision by Angola to reveal...

NGO finds CSR is not just for companies - news

Corporate social responsibility looks set to reach into the internal workings of the world’s biggest environmental group. In a move that is likely to set a...

our role is to question, not merely observe - news

Alan MacDougall takes issue with Peter Knight’s recent attack on ‘tick-box political correctness’ A response is needed to Peter Knight’s claim in last month’s...

investors and boards agree uneasy truce - news

Peace talks aimed at soothing the strained relationship between UK investors and companies over CSR and corporate governance issues have concluded with an agreement to hold...

huge French fund applies SRI to €3bn of its assets - news

Socially responsible investment in Europe has received a major shot in the arm with news that the French state pension fund will take an SRI approach to about a fifth of...

stock exchange will act on questionnaire fatigue - news

The London Stock Exchange is preparing to create a centralized database on the social and environmental performance of companies as a way of tackling questionnaire fatigue...

inbrief - news

FTSE is to start an international corporate governance index this year as a sister to the FTSE4Good index family. It will be run in conjunction with ISS, an investor...

why Timms believes the best is still to come - news

The world’s only corporate social responsibility minister tells EP how two new government measures will have a ‘significant’ impact on the spread of CSR Stephen Timms may have...

CIS seeks views of its customers - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society is to offer its five million policyholders a say in developing the SRI policy applied to its £20billion ($36bn) investment portfolio....

UK decides to become global CSR cheerleader - news

The UK government is to deepen its involvement in CSR by acting as an advocate on the international stage. A draft global framework published by CSR minister Stephen...

‘vote out CSR directors’, investors told - news

Institutional investors have been urged to consider voting against the reappointment of board directors responsible for CSR if their company is not doing enough in this...

firms lose marks through poor public disclosure - news

Companies are failing to give enough favourable detail when they make public their social and environmental performance, an investor-sponsored study of UK housebuilders...

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

Standard Life raises heat on human rights - news

The investment arm of Europe’s largest mutual insurer is to encourage firms in which it takes a stake to draw up human rights policy guidelines covering employees and...

short-termism and corporate responsibility - news

Good CSR practice is built on sound corporate governance, says Craig Mackenzie Good corporate governance is a prerequisite for truly effective corporate...

corporate social responsibility needs to begin in the boardroom - news

CSR, we’re often told, is a useful business tool for managing reputational risks. It can encourage stakeholder engagement, allow companies to keep a finger on the...

listed firms ignore code - news

Only around one in three UK-listed companies fully complies with the country’s combined code on corporate governance. An annual review of corporate governance by...

palm oil users in the dark on origins - news

Most companies using palm oil in their products do not appear to know whether it comes from sustainable sources, according to the UK investment company Isis Asset...

French state pension fund calls for SRI tenders - news

The administrators of a new French state pension fund committed to a socially responsible investment approach have completed the second phase of a tendering process aimed...

US funds weigh in on climate change - news

Investor pressure on companies to address climate change has risen to an unprecedented level with the release of a ten-point ‘call for action’ by ten of the...

why the Race to the Top failed to reach a finish - news

A scheme to help major retailers compare and improve their social and environmental performance has ended in failure. Where did it all go wrong? Three years ago we...

press coverage booms as CSR hits media radar - news

Mainstream press coverage of corporate social responsibility issues has increased significantly around the world during the past three years – and most of it is still...

OFRs could be in force by as early as next year - news

UK companies are likely to have to produce a written statement of their social and environmental performance from next year, now that the government has formally announced...

inbrief - news

The managers of the UK’s largest pension fund have appointed Innovest Strategic Value Advisors to provide sustainability research on businesses and industry...

preserving reputation is the main driving force - news

The progress made by US companies in the field of CSR is largely the result of an overriding need to manage reputation, not of government prodding The aftermath of the state visit...

CSR: how it has changed and how it will develop - news

To mark this 50th issue, EP considers the forces shaping corporate social responsibility – and looks at how the field is likely to develop in future When the first issue of...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

drugs sector given two years to improve performance - news

A major institutional investor has said the pharmaceutical industry needs to significantly improve its performance on corporate social responsibility over the next two...

Russian companies start push for integrity - news

Three of Russia’s largest companies have helped establish a forum to promote business responsibility there. Alfa Group (financial and industrial), Interros...

inbrief - news

Financial information company Morningstar Japan has created a socially responsible investment index. The Morningstar SRI Index, which is the first index to benchmark...

email exchange submits BAE to grilling on weapons - news

BAE Systems has come up with a topical way of fulfilling its ambition to engage in public debate about its social responsibilities as a manufacturer of weapons systems....

three-year-old CSR standard gets an update - news

The GoodCorporation standard is to be updated after three years in operation. The standard, which was launched in 2001, lays down criteria for companies on 65 issues...

transatlantic alliance targets firms - news

Twenty-seven large European and US institutional investors have agreed to explore ways of working together on corporate governance and CSR issues. The group of...

inbrief - news

The Church of England significantly increased its engagement activity with companies in the last financial year. Acting through its Socially Responsible Investment...

Canada to get annual CSR health check - news

A snapshot of how different industry sectors in Canada, the world’s seventh-largest economy, are performing on social and environmental issues is expected to be published...

oil firms are 'poles apart' on tackling climate change - news

There are huge differences in the approaches large oil companies are taking to climate change, according to an analysis of corporate responses to global warming. A...

three picked out as leaders - news

Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever and Danone have emerged as leaders on corporate social responsibility issues in an assessment of the global food products industry. The...

inbrief - news

Holly Mills has joined Standard Life Investment’s corporate governance team as SRI analyst. Mills, who will work with SRI research manager Julie McDowell, was...

boards lack experience of CSR matters, investor argues - news

One of the UK’s biggest fund managers has suggested more companies should appoint non-executive directors with hands-on experience of corporate social responsibility....

stock exchange calls for codes of ethics - news

Australian companies have been told by their national stock exchange to ‘actively promote ethical and responsible decision-making’ as part of their day-to-day...

corporate conduct in the aftermath of war - news

Intervention in Iraq has raised important issues of corporate responsibility, argues Gerry Hagelberg The US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath will keep ethics wonks...

executive pay and the social responsibilities of investors - news

Executive pay has always occupied an odd position in the debate about the social responsibilities of companies. In the past, it has tended to fall within the realm of corporate...

inbrief - news

Multinational oil company Unocal has updated its code of conduct to take account of new requirements imposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Stock...

the next step in SRI for pension fund trustees - news

Pension funds need to disclose not just their SRI policy, but also how they are putting it into practice, says Emma Howard Boyd Despite miserable stock markets, the...

SRI practice within a mainstream investor - news

How does a mainstream investor take account of social and environmental considerations within its investment process? EP asked Standard Life Analyzing the...

boards accept CSR role - news

Overall accountability for corporate social responsibility in businesses most commonly lies with a specialist committee of the board of directors, according to results of a...

‘put it to vote’ says Pirc - news

Companies have been urged to allow shareholders to vote on their corporate social responsibility policies at annual meetings. The UK-based Pensions Investment Research...

Australia will get first official CSR standard - news

Australia is to become the first country to have a CSR standard administered by an official standards body. The draft Australian Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility...

new body will monitor supply chain ethics - news

A new organization has been set up to help multinationals monitor the degree to which suppliers comply with codes of conduct. The International Center for Corporate...

TUC aims to turn trustees - news

The Trades Union Congress is to encourage greater shareholder activism by making UK pension fund trustees more aware of corporate social responsibility matters. The TUC...

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Royal Bank ofCanada has been named Canada’s Most Respected Corporation in a KPMGsurvey of 314 chief executives. RBC headed six of the nine categories, includingcorporate social...

Pirc extends advice service - news

A service that advises institutional investors how to vote on corporate social responsibility matters has been launched by UK-based Pension Investment Research Consultants....

US resolutions challenge executive pay structures - news

Executive pay is emerging as a focus for shareholder action in the US. ‘Excessive’ executive compensation and linking the pay of directors in part to the...

inbrief - news

Environmental Governance consultancy has changed its name to reflect its increased involvement in corporate social responsibility work. The London-based firm, to be known...

inbrief - news

More women and individuals from ethnic minorities should be appointed to UK company boards, the Higgs review into corporate governance has concluded. The review...

cleaning up corporate America finally pays a CSR dividend - news

The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to require US mutual funds to disclose their proxy voting policies and voting records ends a long-standing anomaly....

do-it-yourself approach no longer good enough - news

It’s time for investors who engage with companies to agree core ethical standards, says Craig Mackenzie Large institutional shareholders are discovering a new willingness to...

French embrace ethical investment - news

Socially responsible investment in France has grown dramatically in the past two years, according to an analyst who has been studying SRI funds there. Nicolas Manoni, of...

Greek bank to focus on financial exclusion - news

One of the largest high street banks in Greece is poised to embark on a two-year corporate social responsibility plan. The Commercial Bank of Greece envisages spending at...

quantify performance and cut the waffle - news

Corporate social responsibility information belongs in the main company report, says Gerry Hagelberg With all the standards, codes, rules, guidelines, benchmarks,...

common standards are needed for engagement to be effective - news

More companies are facing questions from investors about their social, environmental and ethical performance than ever before. Gone are the days when only a few companies,...

UK investors signal fresh era in activism - news

A body that represents virtually all UK institutional investors has said its members will adopt a more vigorous approach when voting at annual company meetings on resolutions...

SRI funds to get European standard - news

A Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds is to be produced by spring 2003. Work on creating the voluntary standard has been approved by...

Glebe goes for engagement - news

Australia’s largest ethical investment fund manager has altered its investment policy to place greater emphasis on engagement with companies on social and environmental...

Fimilac launches CSR ratings agency - news

A company that owns one of the world’s largest ratings agencies has set up a service focusing on corporate social responsibility. Fimilac, which owns the Fitch ratings...

why CSR is a corporate governance challenge - news

A wave of human rights lawsuits against multinationals demonstrates the need for board oversight of CSR risks, says Elliot Schrage American courts are redefining...

bringing CSR within a framework of ethical corporate governance - news

Corporate social responsibility has long been an idea in search of a home. Now it has found one. As the dust from Enron, Tyco and other cases of managerial misconduct begins...

Morley targets the laggards - news

One of the UK’s largest fund managers has abstained or voted against the managements of 20 companies at annual meetings this year because they have failed to produce an...

inbrief - news

One of the world’s biggest credit rating and analysis firms is to expand its research on the non-financial performance of companies. New York-based Moody’s Investors...

corporate accountability and human rights law - news

The legal accountability of companies for acts outside their home base is unclear. But cases are being brought against companies for human rights violations abroad...

Bush aide urges firms to take up CSR - news

The Bush administration has made its first significant comments about corporate social responsibility in the wake of the business conduct and accounting scandals in the US...

ministers opt for OFRs - news

The UK government has said it will require large companies to publish annual operating and financial reviews (OFR) that should include an assessment of their social and...

policy makers must not overuse the bully pulpit - news

There are lots of things government can do to encourage corporate social responsibility without resort to regulation, says David Grayson The underlying drivers for corporate...

how CSR is changing the rules of competition in the market place - news

Forty-five per cent of the 250 largest companies now produce a report of some kind on their social and environmental performance. This is good news. Or is it? Looked at the other way,...

investors demand better disclosure - news

Thirty institutional investors have significantly stepped up the pressure on companies to improve disclosure on their social and environmental impacts by jointly demanding...

inbrief - news

Ceres has formed a Sustainable Governance Project to encourage companies to support the Global Reporting Initiative.

Kidde makes reporting debut - news

A leading fire and safety products company has for the first time included a section on corporate social responsibility in its annual report. UK-based Kidde has...

GRI won’t have its name taken in vain - news

Companies that draw up social and environmental reports using the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines will soon have to conform to tighter rules on how they are applied....

EasyJet takes green step - news

The low-cost airline EasyJet has decided to produce an environmental policy document after a major institutional investor used the lack of one as grounds for voting against...

SRI investors need to assess companies and not countries - news

The powerful Californian state pension fund, Calpers, has done socially responsible investment no favours with its decision to begin selling the equities it holds in some...

Pirc puts directors’ pay in the spotlight - news

A new ratings system has been unveiled to help institutional investors identify companies offering their directors ‘excessive’ remuneration packages. The ratings,...

Calpers exit creates storm - news

One of the world’s biggest pension funds has come under attack for deciding to stop investing in parts of Asia on largely ethical grounds. The California Public...

inbrief - news

A conference on the ethical dimensions of corporate governance is to be held in Poznan, Poland from 21-22 June. Organized by the European Business Ethics Network, it...

lessons from the biggest bankruptcy in US history - news

The collapse of Enron gives new urgency to the corporate social responsibility debate. Managers like to stress the difficulties of implementing and monitoring a group-wide...

HBOS lures Mackenzie to spearhead SRI drive - news

One of the UK’s biggest financial companies has jumped into the socially responsible investment market by luring the City’s best-known SRI specialist, Craig Mackenzie, to...

government to get tough on directors’ pay - news

Details of new requirements proposed for reporting on directors’ remuneration have been outlined by the UK government. Draft regulations posted on the Department of Trade...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

BASF makes progress with tailor-made codes - news

The world’s largest chemical group has said it will have established individual codes of conduct within all its divisions by the end of the year. BASF says its 78...

French companies told they must report on social issues - news

The French parliament has approved legislation that will require listed companies to report on social and environmental issues. The New Economic Regulations Bill, which will...

inbrief - news

Granada is the best performing media company in Europe on sustainability, according to an index that measures large European companies by economic, environmental and...

South African firms told to make a move on Aids - news

Companies listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa will have to take greater account of social and environmental issues, following an update of the influential...

AA1000 gets major overhaul - news

Moves to revise the AA1000 standard on social auditing have begun with the publication of a consultation document on how it should be updated. The document, produced...

oil executive rejects calls to intervene in conflict zones - news

Oil companies should not be expected to try to influence the way oil revenues are spent in war-torn areas where they operate, a leading expert in the field has said....

researchers form worldwide SRI service - news

Socially responsible investment (SRI) research bodies from 12 countries have joined forces to provide data on companies’ social and environmental performance for...

balancing profits and social responsibility - news

Critics charge that corporate social responsibility is a business distraction and distorts the market by deflecting companies from their primary role of making profits. But...

Marsh to give ethics advice - news

One of the world’s biggest risk and reputation management consultancies is to expand its services to advise companies on social and ethical issues. Marsh Risk...

inbrief - news

A list of more than 150 shareholder activist resolutions filed with US companies this year is available on the web, produced by the Interfaith Center on Corporate...

the Companies Act and the stakeholder question - news

The UK company law review will publish its final report next month. EP talked to the chairman of the sub-group that considered ways in which the balance of power between...

Birkbeck offers ethics degree - news

A masters degree in corporate governance and ethics has been launched by Birkbeck College at the University of London. The one-year full time or two-year part time MSc will...

Hong Kong firms to get new ratings - news

Standard and Poor’s is to launch a new service that will assess the corporate governance standards of individual companies on Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index. The ratings...

warning: too much jargon can damage the CSR agenda - news

Proponents of corporate social responsibility have been cautioned against using too much jargon when they present their case to work colleagues. The warning has come...

reporters are told: ‘don’t gloss over your failings’ - news

Too many companies are glossing over thorny issues in their social and environmental reports, a social accounting expert has said. Carol Adams, professor at Glasgow...

Henderson embraces SRI - news

Asset management company Henderson Global Investors is expanding the corporate governance standards of its UK investment policy to include the environment, human rights,...

investors pile on the pressure - news

Pressure on businesses to improve their environmental and social performance increased last month as the Association of British Insurers said it would adopt guidelines on...

inbrief - news

The private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, is to include corporate governance clauses in future loan agreements with companies in...

inbrief - news

The UK’s third largest pension fund is to appoint two more people to its social responsibility investment research team. The Universities Superannuation Scheme has been...

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the main prize in the UK’s second annual Social Reporting Awards. The bank was judged to have produced the best social report last year....

Myners Review may boost SRI - news

The UK government is to ask institutional investors to become more active shareholders in order to improve the performance and behaviour of companies. The move will...

inbrief - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has produced a free brochure on risk management. Risky Business includes articles on corporate reputation, corporate governance and measuring...

inbrief - news

Glasgow University is to host a conference on Corporate Governance and Social, Ethical and Environmental Accountability on 10 May. The one-day event, sponsored by...

inbrief - news

More than 800 companies in the UK’s FTSE All Share Index have received a letter from the corporate governance consultancy PIRC asking them to allow a regular vote on directors’...

export credits given new ethical screen - news

A new regime to assess the social and environmental impact of British business projects abroad is being piloted by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

GRM provides SRI analysis for insurance giant - news

A London-based firm of analysts is to carry out research into the social and environmental performance of European companies for the asset management arm of CGNU, the worldís...

advancing the business case for human rights - news

Chris Marsden confesses to being daunted by his latest role. The former head of BP's community affairs team is to take over this spring from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty...

inbrief - news

PIRC's annual corporate governance conference is to be held in London on 22 February. Speakers include Rosemary Martin, company secretary at Reuters.

top firms edge forward - news

Corporate governance standards among UK companies have marginally improved in the past year, but a significant number of companies still have boards and remuneration...

inbrief - news

Russian companies have been told they must adopt ‘credible, predictable, and equitable corporate governance principles’ if they are to begin to attract further...

inbrief - news

Every European Union country should create a ‘sustainability ombudsman’ as a link between businesses and public authorities, an EU working group has recommended. The European...

BASF opts for big culture change - news

Staff at one of the world’s largest chemical companies are to be given training on a statement of ‘values and principles’ which it hopes will become an integral part of the...

stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in? - news

Companies that have begun to consult non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about their social and environmental performance have been warned that 'stakeholder fatigue' is beginning to...

NGOs ‘should adopt codes of conduct’ - news

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that push companies to behave more responsibly should begin practising what they preach by adopting codes of conduct that outline minimum...

export credits agency to heed future ethical risks - news

The UK government’s export credits agency has been given until the end of the year to produce a statement of principles that will commit it to considering the social and...

Abbey National outlines investment code - news

The UK’s fifth largest bank has issued a new set of ethical guidelines as a framework for its investment policies. The Abbey National Group guidelines say the bank should...

Commonwealth business forum looks at CSR - news

Sessions on social accountability, transparency and corporate governance will take place at this month’s Commonwealth Business Forum. The event in London runs from 18-20 September...

insurance giant asks ethical questions - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has sent questionnaires to 200 UK companies in which it invests, asking for information on their social, environmental and ethical...

inbrief - news

The Trades Union Congress is running a one-day conference on corporate governance and the role of stakeholders. Harnessing corporate power for the common good: the challenge...

company law review sets a new agenda - news

As businesses begin to digest the 462 pages of the UK company law review’s latest consultation document, most are beginning to realise that important changes could be on the way...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

Three consultancies are coming together to offer business people a vocational training programme linked to the new AA1000 standard on the ethical performance of companies....

new service to put business in spotlight - news

A new software package that analyses the ethical performance of nearly 2000 international companies is to be offered to investors. Jeff Rooker, the government’s pensions...

inbrief - news

Business leaders and politicians have met in Russia to try to improve corporate governance practices in the country. More than 80 government and private sector...

top 100 could do much better on diversity - news

The UK’s leading companies are still not putting enough effort into diversity policies, according to new research by the London-based corporate governance consultancy...

financial firms join forces on sustainability - news

A new group has been formed to help financial companies share information on sustainability issues. Financial Network for Sustainability (FiNS) has been created by the...

inbrief - news

Baillie Gifford, the independent investment managers, have appointed their first corporate governance manager. Colin Melvin previously worked for mutual insurer Standard Life,...

ratings service aims to track the ethical performance of companies - news

A new corporate social responsibility ratings service has been set up by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). The Corporate Responsibility Service will...

OECD prepares guidelines on social responsibility - news

New guidelines on the conduct of multinationals have been drawn up by the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The draft guidelines have been extensively...

NAPF goes down the engagement route - news

The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has decided to help pension fund managers engage companies on socially responsible investment (SRI) matters. The...

inbrief - news

The second meeting of the Global Corporate Governance Advisory Board will take place on 8/9 March at a venue yet to be decided. The board, which draws together 20 business...

why communications is not the poor relation - news

A good communications strategy lies at the heart of any successful corporate social responsibility programme, argues Pauline Ryder Given the ever-widening spectrum of...

foreign liability to be investigated - news

A new research project is to look at the growing number of legal cases taken against multinationals for harm they have allegedly caused to communities outside their home base....

government told to take the lead - news

A major inquiry led by eight of the prime corporate movers on social responsibility has told the UK government it must significantly step up its efforts to promote ethical...

inbrief - news

Commonwealth leaders accepted new corporate governance guidelines in Johannesburg last month. The guidelines are applicable in 54 countries (EP7, 1999).

inbrief - news

A conference on European corporate governance is to be staged by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) on 17 February. The one day event, titled Britain in...

emerging global standards are now driving the debate forward - news

November saw the formal launch of two important new initiatives intended to help companies improve their ethical performance. The Global Sullivan Principles, first published...

executive pay levels add weight to minister's words - news

The UK government has been handed more ammunition in its campaign against high levels of executive pay by a study that shows financial rewards for directors in Britain bear...

campaigners get new voice on company law committee - news

Corporate responsibility supporters have been given a significant new voice on the UK government’s company law review with the appointment to one of its key working groups of Rob...

inbrief - news

The project director of the UK government's company law review has denied its steering group has decided to shy away from recommending legal changes that would force directors...

third world worker conditions and equal opps need watching - news

So many fronts moved forward in the corporate social responsibility debate during the past month that it is hard to pick out one as of overriding significance. Corporate governance...

business told: prepare for new era - news

The London Stock Exchange has told company boards they will have to begin taking social, ethical and environmental matters into account when assessing risks. Paul Geradine, the...

global standards are on the way - news

The leaders of 54 British Commonwealth countries are expected to approve new corporate governance guidelines this month that could feed into a set of global principles...

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has appointed Pensions and Investment Research Consultants to provide corporate governance advice on its investments in FTSE All-Share...

inbrief - news

The need for standards of corporate governance 'in a global context' is to be debated at a London seminar on 21 October organised by Transparency International and the...

disclosure regulation spurs on researchers - news

UK organizations researching companies' ethical performance are developing new products and services in the expectation that the pension disclosure regulation will increase demand for...

directors’ duties and the company law review - news

The best way of ensuring that directors’ decisions take stakeholder interests fully into account is to introduce legal minimum standards for social and environmental reporting, argues...

green light from Turnbull - news

The draft report of the Turnbull committee on corporate governance is to be largely unaltered when published in its final form at the end of September. Committee chair Nigel...

insurers say transparency is crucial on executive pay - news

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has told UK companies they should tighten up on executive pay by making performance-related awards more transparent. In a statement of...

community index will go international - news

A way of measuring community involvement by companies operating in different countries is being developed by a London management consultancy. Bruce Naughton Wade (BNW) already...

French urged to change - news

French companies should be able to separate the roles of chairman and chief executive, according to new corporate governance recommendations drawn up by the French employers’...

inbrief - news

British Coal's environmental assessment of the British Coal pension fund is likely to be finished by the end of the year, according to the London-based consultancy Environmental...

new pensions regulation boosts ethical investors - news

P ensions experts are predicting a surge in ethical investment and corporate responsibility measures in the wake of a new government regulation that will require pension...

combined code makes progress - news

Most UK companies have responded positively to the Stock Exchange’s Combined Code on corporate governance in its first year, according to new research. A study by Pensions and...

inbrief - news

An international conference on socially responsible investment is to be held in the Netherlands on 8 October. The Rotterdam School of Management event will feature sessions on...

high salaries anger Byers - news

UK trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers is threatening to force shareholder votes on director salary levels if companies fail to link performance and pay more closely....

IoD introduces ethical qualification - news

Britain’s Institute of Directors has launched a new professional qualification which it believes will improve conduct on company boards. Candidates will be given the right to put the...

OECD links up with World Bank to create worldwide forum on governance issues - news

The organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank have agreed to set up a forum to improve global standards of corporate governance. The...

CIS launches major new social audit programme - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) is claiming to be the first major UK insurer to pledge a commitment to social accountability with the launch of a new programme of...

inbrief - news

Outgoing ICI chairman Sir Ronald Hampel has claimed the 'box ticking' mentality surrounding corporate responsibility is becoming excessive. In his final speech as chairman,...

looking to the future - news

In June the Company Law Review steering group begins the next stage of its deliberations on how the balance of power between shareholders and stakeholders should be changed....

disclosure practices of European companies - news

Continental European companies are having to disclose more information about their boards and directors as Anglo-American corporate governance standards begin to take hold, a new survey...

inbrief - news

The World Bank has appointed Anne Simpson to develop its corporate governance strategy for the third world. Simpson, currently joint managing director of Pensions and...

Turnbull focuses on risk - news

UK companies are likely to have to take social, environmental and ethical matters into account when they assess business risks and report on them more fully in annual...

inbrief - news

Eight major UK companies will be publishing their proposals to the government later this year to enshrine the idea of stakeholder interests in legislation. The committee...

audit has got to be warts and all - news

The first ethical fitness check is under way at Camelot. Sue Slipman has overall responsibility for bringing the audit to completion Sue Slipman rarely aims low. Less than a year...

OECD comes fire over corporate governance guidelines - news

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been attacked for producing new policy guidelines on corporate responsibility that are ‘behind the...

coal fund opts for green audit - news

The UK’s second largest pension fund is to carry out an environmental assessment of its £20 billion investments in a bid to improve its financial performance. Trustees of the...

panel to monitor Camelot - news

UK national lottery operator Camelot has appointed a non-executive director backed by an independent panel of advisers to oversee the company’s ethical performance....

'push us' say business leaders - news

Some of the most powerful multinational heads have invited institutional investors to push them on corporate governance. In ‘a remarkable accord’, the Global Corporate...

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International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) is a leading centre based at Nottingham University Business School.  Our aim is to develop and disseminate responsible...

Fifth Capital - directory

Fifth Capital is established as a Think Tank & Leadership Counsel addressing wealth creation, its governance and sustainability. Fifth Capital integrates thought leadership in Decision...

RINA SERVICES S.p.A - directory

RINA SERVICES S.p.A. is the RINA company that delivers services of classification, certification, testing and inspection (TIC Services) to guarantee excellence to organisations in the...

Radley Yeldar - directory

We are a creative communications agency that helps organisations tell their story in a compelling way.  RY works with its clients in six key areas: brand, corporate reporting, digital,...

RPS Group Plc - directory

RPS is an award winning international consultancy that has been advising its clients on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability challenges and their solutions for over forty years....

Westpac Group 2017 Sustainability Performance Report shows strong progress against strategy - reports

This year Westpac Group marked an extraordinary milestone in Australia’s history – becoming the nation’s first company to celebrate its 200th year in business.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. Expands Safety and Greenhouse Gas Data Reporting - reports

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) has released its 2017 Citizenship Report, which includes expanded data on safety, greenhouse gas emissions, process safety events, waste generation and...

TransCanada Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada has released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, providing a comprehensive update on the company’s performance on environmental, social and governance topics...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2017 - reports

“As I travel around our global markets, I am regularly impressed by the innovative and wide-ranging ways in which Tetra Pak people are helping deliver on our brand promise: PROTECTS...

NEC highlights Environment, Society and Governance activities for the 2017 fiscal year - reports

NEC Corporation announced the release of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2017, reflecting the activities and the achievements supporting the Environment, Society and ...

CBRE Releases Tenth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, has released its tenth annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2016 report – themed “Building...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report with New Strategic Framework - reports

In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP...

Singtel Group publishes its third Group Sustainability Report 2017 - reports

The  Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2017  is the company’s third Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance in relation to...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2016 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2016  Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report . The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

Pearson Releases 2016 Sustainability Report Showing Progress Towards 2020 Plan - reports

Pearson, the world’s learning company, today published its  2016 Sustainability Report , which highlights the progress made in implementing its 2020 Sustainability Plan and a...

Sanofi publishes its first Integrated Report - reports

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, just released its very first Integrated Report. This evolution in Sanofi’s reporting is designed to provide a holistic view of the company’s...

Johnson & Johnson Releases 2016 Health for Humanity Report - reports

Johnson & Johnson has released its  2016 Health for Humanity Report  sharing progress on environmental, social and governance measures, which advance the Company’s mission to...

200 Years of Inspiring Science at Johnson Matthey - reports

Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100, celebrates its  200th anniversary  this year. A global leader in science and technology, the company was founded...

AEP Releases 2017 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) issued its 2017 Corporate Accountability Report today, the 11th annual assessment of AEP’s stewardship as a public company and a community partner.

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

State Street Achieves Its Environmental Goals Three Years Ahead of Schedule and Details Corporate Responsibility Practices in Annual Report - reports

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced the release of its 2016 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report, which highlights the company’s commitment to corporate citizenship, and...

Leonardo Sustainability and Innovation Report 2016, a commitment to a responsible business conduct - reports

Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica, top player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, releases the 2016 Sustainability and Innovation Report, the first with the new brand.

LafargeHolcim publishes its Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

LafargeHolcim has released its Sustainability Report 2016, which highlights its performance in the first full year of operation and the progress made against its main sustainability targets....

Flowserve Announces Availability of 2016 Sustainability Report: Company Celebrates Record-Setting Sustainability Metrics for 3rd Consecutive Year - reports

The 2016 Sustainability report for Flowserve includes information regarding the Flowserve Flow Control Division (FCD), the Engineered Product Operation (EPO) and the Industrial Product Division...

Weatherford Publishes Digital 2016 Annual Report - reports

Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) today announces to its shareholders, clients and employees that it has published its 2016 Annual Report. The digital and interactive report shares the...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the years 2015 and 2016. It is available online at www.emdgroup.com/cr-report.

Bloomberg Publishes 2016 Impact Report - reports

Bloomberg published its eighth Impact Report, which highlights the integration of sustainability into our products, communities and operations, as well as the progress we’ve made towards...

Scotiabank showcases progress on CSR strategy: Better Future, Better Off - reports

Scotiabank published its  2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Investing in Progress , as well as a  new CSR website  today. In this report Scotiabank...

Making a Difference: Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report Features Progress on Skills Training, Sustainability and Closing the Gender Gap - reports

Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “ Making a Difference ,” details its commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable world. 

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2016 Integrated Annual Report, - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2017 its fifth integrated annual report, “Entering the growth era”, which demonstrates the progress made on all aspects of business,...

RB Publishes Sustainability Report Showing Good Progress on Targets and Commitment to UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals - reports

RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, today launched both its 2016 Sustainability Report and its Annual Report and Financial Statements.

CEMEX Publishes First Integrated Report - reports

Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) published today its first Integrated Report, with information covering year 2016. This evolution in CEMEX’s reporting is designed to...

Kesko’s Annual Report tells about Kesko’s strategy implementation and renewal - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2016 describes the recent steps that Kesko has taken to strengthen the customer experience for consumers and businesses, both in-store and in digital channels....

Barclays shares first year results of Shared Growth Ambition - reports

Today, Barclays published its annual Citizenship performance in the  Barclays PLC Annual Report 2016 . 

Legg Mason, Inc. Issues 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legg Mason and its Affiliates Boast 29 Years of Bringing ESG Strategies to Clients, Furthering Mission of “Investing to Improve Lives” In our 100+ years of investing, Legg Mason...

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

BD Releases 2015 Sustainability Performance Update Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Performance Update report.

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

NEC Releases Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

NEC Corporation announced today the release of its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. NEC has announced its CSR activities aiming...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia this week issued its Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, which provides an overview of the long-term value created for its stakeholders during the 2016 financial...

FTA SUSTAINABILITY - Chemical Specialist - recruitment

  The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA...

Orange publishes its first integrated annual report - reports

Orange has chosen to issue an “Integrated Annual Report” for the first time, which invites shareholders but also any stakeholder to consider the CSR aspect of its strategy. It aims...

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

Hess Corporation’s 2015 Sustainability Report Shows Commitment to Safety and Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has released its 19 th annual Corporate Sustainability Report, providing a comprehensive look at the company’s strategy and performance on safety,...

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2015 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) offers an up-close look at the company’s...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report. The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

Johnson Matthey Publishes 2016 Annual Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2016 Annual Report which is an integrated report covering all aspects of the company’s financial and non-financial performance.  It is available...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

Enabling sustainability every second - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Entitled "Act responsibly. Enable sustainability." the CR report provides information on the progress that Deutsche...

Flowserve Announces Availability of 2014-2015 Sustainability Report: Company Celebrates Record-Setting Sustainability Metrics - reports

The 2014-2015 Flowserve Sustainability Report provides general information regarding Flowserve Corporation, including a statement from the CEO, an overview of the Flowserve approach to...

Vivendi Integrated Report Now Available: Focus on Value Creation and Human Rights - reports

For the third consecutive year, Vivendi has dedicated a section of its Annual Report to a summary report highlighting the company’s achievements in creating long-term value for all of its...

1st Global Sustainability Report Details Progress of Ambitious Corporate Initiative - reports

C&A announces the publication of its first Global Sustainability Report. The launch of the Report details C&A’s 2015 progress toward the 2020 goals, launched last year. The 2020...

AEP Releases 2016 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has released its 2016 Corporate Accountability Report, an overview of the company’s strategy, governance and financial performance.

Investors Care More About Sustainability Than Many Executives Believe - reports

Sustainability is increasingly important for investors, as evidence mounts that companies' environmental, social, and governance performance has an impact on long-term financial success.

2015 Citi Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi’s 2015 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. It provides many examples of how...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Publishes Corporate Responsibility Update 2015 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its Corporate Responsibility Update, covering the year 2015. It is available online at http://reports.emdgroup.com/2015/cr-report .

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Bloomberg Impact Report Update 2015 - reports

The 2015 Bloomberg Impact Report Update provides a detailed look at Bloomberg’s sustainability efforts and outcomes from the past year and details commitments for the future. The report...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Mondi Group Shares New Growing Responsibly Model and Commitments - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, released its 2015 Sustainable development report today, together with its Integrated report and financial statements, and its Looking back,...

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2015 Integrated Annual Report Showcases Focus on Sustainable Growth - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2016 its fourth integrated report, “Refreshing business”, which provides details on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability...

NN Group's 2015 Annual Report: Accelerating Change - reports

The 2015 Annual Report provides an integrated review of the performance of NN Group. It consists of three distinct sections – Annual Review, Financial Report and Sustainability Supplement...

CLP Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

CLP is committed to working closely with local governments and communities to facilitate an orderly transition to a low carbon economy.   CLP’s Sustainability Report covers the...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

CN issues Delivering Responsibly sustainability report - reports

CN today issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human...

Chemical Safety, Transparency, Climate Change Among Top “Critical Issues” Ranked in Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Report - reports

The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s...

Wesfarmers Releases 18th Sustainability Report - reports

Wesfarmers has been creating value for more than 100 years, starting as a farmers’ cooperative and now holding a diversified portfolio of retail and industrial businesses, as one of...

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Publishes 2015 Citizenship Report - reports

This week Microsoft published its 2015 Citizenship Report, which covers the company’s commitments to ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human...

CBRE Publishes Eighth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of...

NEC releases annual CSR report - reports

NEC Corporation has published its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 on its NEC CSR website. NEC has issued the report to promote...

Publicis Groupe Releases its 2014 CSR Report - reports

For the 6th year, Publicis Groupe, the third largest communication company, is publishing its CSR Report. Since 2009, Publicis Groupe has embraced 98% of the company scope in the CSR reporting...

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

Novartis releases 2014 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2014.

G4S publishes 2014 CSR Report - reports

G S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and more than 623,000 employees.

CLP Group publishes first GRI G4 “Core” Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.  It operates a vertically-integrated...

Coca-Cola HBC Publishes Third Integrated Report 'It's Good to Share' on 2014 Performance - reports

Coca-Cola HBC has just published its third integrated annual report. This is the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, including financial, governance and sustainability...

Kesko’s first Integrated Annual Report provides compiled, material information - reports

Specialist retailer Kesko has published its first Integrated Annual Report online.

NN Group publishes first Annual Report as listed company - reports

Insurance and investment management company NN Group has a combined reporting approach and its 2014 Annual Report consists of three distinct sections - Annual Review, Financial Report and...

NEW SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH: Collaboration and Board Engagement Critical to Sustainability Success - reports

90% of Executives See Collaboration as Critical for Sustainability Success; 86% Feel Boards of Directors Must Play a Strong Role in Sustainability Governance

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

Diageo moves towards integrated reporting in its 2014 Annual Report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, announces this week the publication of its 2014 Annual Report , which incorporates for the first time increased disclosure of...

Vodafone publishes in-depth insight into law enforcement disclosure as part of annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone has published its first Law Enforcement Disclosure report offering a detailed insight into the legal frameworks, governance principles and operating procedures associated with...

Legal & General Group's Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

What’s Material? -  Access to Housing, Health and Income in Later Life

Citi Issues 2013 Global Citizenship Report - reports

New York – Citi released its 14th Global Citizenship Report, an annual overview addressing the company’s social, environmental and governance achievements and challenges.

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2013 - reports

Building on last year’s suite of reports, Mondi has continued to develop and evolve its holistic approach to reporting, with three separate but interrelated components...

CLP Group has published its 2013 Online Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is the holding company for the CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER PROGRAM - calendar

Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business Definitions & interpretations of the elements of sustainability Triple...

Better Together – Intu Properties plc publishes 2013 CR Report - reports

Intu Properties plc owns and operates some of the very best shopping centres, in the strongest locations, right across the country including 10 of the UK’s top 25.

GRI/G4 REPORTING: CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING TRAINING - calendar

Are you creating your first sustainability report and don’t know how to begin? Are you currently reporting but aren’t sure your company is up to par? As a certified Global Reporting...

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2013 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report and Annual Report. In addition to our regulatory and corporate governance reporting requirements, both provide much information about...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER TRAINING (IEMA APPROVED) DUBAI - calendar

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business...

G&A Invites You: Global ESG Investment Forum: Just Two Weeks Away (Oct 26-27 | London) - calendar

G&A Institute invites you: Hi,     With only 2 weeks away from the Global ESG Investment Forum being held in London on the 26-27th of October 2016, we have included...

IFRS 9 Europe Implementation Forum 2016 - calendar

IFRS 9 Europe Implementation Forum 2016 Addressing key implementation and challenges and Regulatory uncertainty impacting Finance and Credit Risk professionals...

European Sustainable Cities Summit - calendar

We are pleased to announce we are launching a new event:  The European Sustainable Cities Summit. The event will take place on 1st and 2nd June 2016, in collaboration and in parallel...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

Enel publishes Sustainability Report 2012: the first one based on materiality analysis - reports

On its tenth year of publication, Enel’s Sustainability Report 2012 has changed its appearance to become more user-friendly and concise, always being compliant with accountability...

Stockland releases Annual Review 2012 - reports

Stockland releases its Annual Review 2012.

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

Responsible Investment Annual Review 2011/12 - reports

The third Annual Responsible Investment Review from Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM) Released.

City Developments Limited's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

“We aspire to be a responsible global corporate citizen. We believe that sustainability is integral to business excellence and challenge ourselves to conduct best practices and conserve...

TBLI Conference Series 2015 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCES in 2015: 23 Jan (Chicago/USA @Kellog/Booth) 29/30 Apr (Singapore/Rep. of Singapore @Insead) 15/16 Jun (Copenhagen/Denmark @Copenhagen School of Business)...

Citi Publishes 2012 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 13th annual Global Citizenship Report today.

Sustainability Forum 2014 - calendar

The Forum Global Sustain once more is taking a step forward in an attempt to make this issue emerge and explore the future of sustainable business, by preparing a unique event for...

Nordea releases its fifth CSR Report - reports

Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region has released its  fifth CSR Report.

UBS publishes its 2012 Corporate Responsibility reporting - reports

Building a Sustainable RBS - reports

Bel Group publishes its first CSR Report - reports

The first  Bel Group CSR report  demonstrates how Bel is responding to the social and environmental challenges it is facing, through the 5 pillars of its CSR program called...

An introduction to CR and sustainability - calendar

An introduction to CR and sustainability This course looks at what CR and sustainability are and what their importance is for your company. It features a presentation from a business...

Crest Nicholson's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

In Crest Nicholson's 50th anniversary year, the Group is continually inspired by new ideas. The Group's 2012 Sustainability Report:  Innovation that Inspires details how the...

RSPO European Summit - calendar

“Sustainable palm oil in Europe – Taking the market transformation to the next level”, RSPO European Summit, September 3rd, Berlin, Germany The production and...

GRI's Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting - calendar

Growth and prosperity depend on our ability to meet today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial corruption, human rights abuses: these...

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) has published its 5th edition Sustainability Report 2012 which is available online

Thomson Reuters launch first Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, recently launched its first company-wide global Corporate Responsibility Report.

Fiat Industrial Group has published its first sustainability report - reports

This year Fiat Industrial Group – which was created on 1 January 2011 through the demerger of Fiat Group’s capital goods activities – published its first Sustainability Report.

Orange publishes its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

The report describes over 140 achievements and performance indicators covering the Group’s 4 CSR commitments: recognising and supporting its employees; ensuring transparency, quality, security...

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility - calendar

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility, 15 November   Join us in the City of London for the annual SRI-CSR event, bringing together the latest research and practice to...

Bayer drives forward global sustainability commitments - new report published - reports

The Bayer Group has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report. The Bayer Group is well on the way to implementing its comprehensive Sustainability Program. This is underlined by the...

Building a sustainable RBS - reports

RBS is changing for the better. The launch of RBS’s annual Sustainability Report is an important milestone – it allows the company to demonstrate its commitment to being open and transparent...

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation has released its 2010 “Living Our Values” Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Bell Canada publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Bell Canada, the largest communications company in Canada, has just published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report online. The report meets the Global Reporting Initiatives GRI–G3 A+...

Constellation Energy issues its annual CSR Report - reports

Constellation Energy has issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals. It focuses on Constellation’s...

Who decides? - calendar

Corporate governance as if people, and planet, mattered - A workshop hosted by the Association of Sustainability Practitioners.  Mention the word governance and most people switch off. Yet...

ISO 26000 - calendar

Course Overview: The new ISO 26000 guideline aims to provide practical assistance related to operationalising social responsibility, identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and enhancing...

Fiat SpA publishes its 2010 Sustainability report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, the Sustainability Report provides Fiat stakeholders a comprehensive picture of the company's economic, environmental and social activities, achievements and...

ISO 26000 Training - calendar

ISO 26000 is the new guideline from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) specifically focusing on social responsibility. ISO provides global standards used internationally as a...

Course II: Making Business Ethics Work - calendar

Course II focuses on how to develop an ethics programme and make it effective.   •    How can an organisation foster a culture based on ethical values? •  ...

2012 Global Compliance Summit - calendar

The 2012 Global Compliance Summit offers a unique opportunity for Manufacturing Brands and their respective Suppliers to come together, collaborate and share best practices. With the...

France Telecom-Orange publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

France Telecom-Orange has just published its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR report) in which the Group describes how, as a major player in the digital world, it is ensuring...

L'Oreal publishes 2010 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report. The report outlines the framework for the company's policies on corporate governance, environmental stewardship,...

Sustainability Evolved: Embedding ESG Performance in Corporate Valuation - calendar

Short-term profits at the expense of long-term sustainability is one of the main drivers of the recession, the occupy Wall Street movement, and the subject of political debate on Capitol Hill....

Deutsche Post DHL publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Deutsche Post DHL has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2010. The report will appear online and is supplemented by a 16-page print brochure with highlights from the Group's CR...

Verizon publishes 7th corporate responsibility report - reports

Verizon's 7th annual corporate responsibility report shows how the company's innovative broadband and wireless technologies are tackling pressing issues such as education, domestic violence...

ACCSR's 5th Annual Conference The Innovation Imperative: Taking CSR from Risk Management to Value Creation - calendar

ACCSR’s 5th annual conference aims to inspire, explore and support the relationship between CSR and innovation. It will focus on how organisations shift their attention from risk management to...

ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference - CSR Futures: Knowledge and Practice - calendar

In recent years CSR has emerged as both a sub-field of business and management studies and as a basic management concept.  In essence it refers to business responsibility to and for society...

ESG USA 2011 - calendar

ESG USA 2011 marks the third year that Responsible-Investor.com will bring top-level speakers from asset owners, asset managers and advisors together for targeted, practical debate on pertinent...

Corporate Governance & Risk Forum - calendar

Legal Week's inaugural Corporate Governance & Risk Forum will bring corporate counsel, compliance and risk officers and ‘C-level' executives together to raise awareness of the changing face of...

‘Learning from nature – the new agenda for business success: A Tomorrow’s Natural Business Conference’ - calendar

Tomorrow’s Company is the agenda setting ‘think and do’ tank which looks at the role of business and how to achieve enduring business success.  We focus on strong relationships, clear purpose...

Mondi publishes 2010 Sustainable Development Report - reports

The Mondi Group has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report.

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review - reports

Improved corporate performance, not risk minimisation, is becoming a key outcome of corporate social responsibility activities in Australian organisations, according to a new research report...

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. More than 600...

Measuring Corporate Sustainability Conference - calendar

How is your company evaluated, measured and ranked on sustainability performance? Understanding this process is a challenge to all parties involved as corporate leaders are tasked to keep up with...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

Sompo CSR Communication 2010 released - reports

Sompo Japan Insurance has released its Corporate Social Responsibility Communication. The report, which uses the phrase 'Looking One Step Ahead' as a keyword throughout, focuses again on the...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

Terna publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Terna spa has published its 2009 Sustainability Report. The report, prepared in accordance with the Electric Utilities Sector Supplement of the GRI-G3 guidelines, has been externally checked with...

ACGA Tenth Annual Conference - calendar

This year's conference titled “Asian Business Dialogue on Corporate Governance 2010”,  will bring together a group of high-level speakers and delegates from Asia and other parts of the world...

Nexen Inc. publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc., a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, titled “Responsible Energy Development.”

L'Oreal publishes 2009 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2009 Sustainable Development Report in the form of an integrated website.

ESG Europe 2010: Investor-Corporate summit - Bridging the gap between investor ESG requirements and CSR reporting - calendar

The crucial relationship between investors and corporations is changing. The new emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and CSR reporting are creating new and testing...

7th International Responsible Investment Conference - calendar

Climate change, an ageing and growing population, affordable and accessible healthcare and increasing competition for scarce natural resources - these are just a few of the challenges facing us in...

Vodafone publishes its 09/10 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group plc has published its 2009/10 Sustainability Report online

ESG USA 2010 - calendar

Following the success of last year's event, ESG USA 2010 will bring together top-level speakers from the US and Europe for targeted, practical discussion on sustainable and responsible investment....

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2010 - calendar

This year's conference explores how innovation is changing the face of socially responsible investment, and how SRI is revolutionizing conventional investment. The sessions include...

The RBS group publishes 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its 7th annual report on the approach taken to responsible business.

Deutsche Post DHL publishes CR Report 2009/10 - reports

Deutsche Post DHL published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2009/10 on 26 April 2010

2009 Governance Summit - calendar

Join twelve speakers including two of TIME magazine’s Persons of the Year, Sherron Watkins, former VP of Enron and Cynthia Cooper, former VP of WorldCom at the 2009 Governance Summit. The...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ 2009 - calendar

TBLI GROUP™ is a knowledge broker and an extra-financial rainmaker, specializing in Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI - investing in “people, planet, and profit”) and ESG (Environmental, Social...

EABIS 2009 Colloquium - calendar

"The Role of Business in Society: Challenges and Issues for Global and Corporate Governance” . The current financial crisis has highlighted deep flaws in past approaches to the governance of the...

Merck launches 2008 global corporate responsibility report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc. have launched their 2008 global corporate responsibility report in which they emphasize that the fundamentals of good corporate governance and accountability, ethical business...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme - calendar

The Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme has been specifically designed to meet the real world continuing professional development needs of Corporate Responsibility and...

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works. Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company...

Making it happen: implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Investment - calendar

Just over two years after the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) were launched by the UN Secretary-General in New York, the initiative has garnered the support of over 360...

Nexen Inc's 2008 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc, a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2008 Sustainability Report, titled “Balance.”

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Co-operative Financial Services Publishes 2004 Sustainability Report - reports

The 2004 Sustainability Report of Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) – the holding company for CIS (Co-operative Insurance Society) and The Co-operative Bank – is now available.

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been...

Responsible Business Masterclass For Board-Level Influencers - calendar

Attitudes towards corporate social responsibility are directly affecting business value as shareholders examine standards of corporate governance more closely. So the question is no longer...

The ScottishPower Environmental and Social Impact Report 2003/4 - reports

International energy group ScottishPower has this year extended its established record in CSR reporting with its second Environmental and Social Impact Report for 2003/4.

ScottishPower publishes 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ScottishPower, the international energy company, has published its 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report.

The Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2005 - reports

Novo Nordisk has issued its second integrated Annual Report covering both financial and non-financial performance in 2005.

SCCE Compliance & Ethics Institute - calendar

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics annual institute draws compliance & ethics professionals for three days of education and networking September 9-11, 2007, in New Orleans, LA....

EABIS 6th Annual Colloquium on 'The Emerging Global Governance Paradigm' - calendar

In partnership with host ESADE Business School and key supporter IESE Business School, EABIS is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Colloquium, the world's largest collaborative Business- Academic...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

TBLI Conference 2007 - calendar

TBLI is the world's largest annual international learning and networking event on sustainable investment. During the two-day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, SRI...

CR Reporting – ethics, profits & materiality - calendar

The revised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines ask companies to focus on issues that are material to stakeholders. The UK Business Review legislation requires...

Corporate responsibility and democracy - calendar

Join the list of elite delegates attending the first ever event to take a detailed look at the governance challenges posed by corporate responsibility in the round. The programme will...

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

CDL embarks on its next phase of sustainability innovation - bestpractice

CDL integrates sustainability into its business strategy to provide a holistic account of its value creation for stakeholders. Adam Woodhall reports...   Sustainability, when done...

Swiss Master Class in CSR 2006 - calendar

In a globalizing world, power is shifting from national political authorities to the corporate world. Beyond the nation state there is neither a working global governance system to define a legal...

The Sustainability Forum 7th international sustainability leadership symposium - calendar

From Short- to Long-Term: Who Cares? Institutional Investors, Beneficiaries and Investees in Dialogue This year’s symposium, a two-day event, seeks to investigate approaches for long-term...

Green Mountain Summit on investor responsibility - calendar

This year's Green Mountain Summit agenda is being developed to bring you information you can use for the benefit of your constituents or clients. Sessions will present issues including...

Building a better future for children in Sierra Leone - bestpractice

Last year CBRE announced its partnership with Plan International, the international children’s development organisation, in a shared vision to transform a generation of children –...

The BG Group 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

BG Group publishes its 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report today.

Cracking the secret to an effective code of conduct - bestpractice

Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate, operates in 80 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East , Africa...

A new lease of life for sustainability - bestpractice

Singapore-based property and hotel conglomerate, City Developments Ltd (CDL), has been leading the way in environmentally-responsible real estate since the mid-1990s when it adopted its...

American corporate governance: implications for Asia - calendar

A Conference Organized by the Hong Kong America Center in association with the Asian Institute of International Financial Law University of Hong Kong Since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act came into...

Taking a responsible approach to change - bestpractice

The origins of financial services were good. Banks, insurance companies and investment houses used the power of the collective to pool and manage money, offering the customer a better deal than...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Corporate social responsibility: agendas for Asia - calendar

As Asian business becomes increasingly central to the global marketplace, questions of social, ethical, and environmental responsibility have become more pressing than ever. What ethics and...

Corporate Governance in East Asia: culture, psychology, economics and law conference - calendar

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley Is there something “different” about East Asian culture and psychology that means that any attempt to reform corporate governance...

Advancing women in the global workplace: principles in action - calendar

This symposium organized by United Nations Development Fund for Women and Verite will explore how to implement the Calvert Women Principles in practice. This event is a unique opportunity to...

Banking on change for the better - bestpractice

In an ideal world, companies change in anticipation of the future, rather than having change forced upon them by events. However, the events following the financial crisis raised profound...

14th Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society - calendar

The IESE Symposia on Ethics, Business and Society are intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion on some of the most vital ethical issues facing the international business community today....

Winning partners - bestpractice

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

NEC releases fifth Annual CSR Report - reports

 NEC Corporation has released its fifth Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report and its second CSR Digest.

CRH 2007 CSR Report Announcement - reports

CRH, the international building materials group, has just published its fifth CSR Report.

Beyond CSR? Business, poverty and social justice - calendar

National Liberal Club, Central London How far can CSR initiatives help to address poverty, social exclusion and other development challenges? What is the balance of responsibilities between...

ArcelorMittal publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

ArcelorMittal has announced the publication of its first Corporate Responsibility report 2007; Taking Responsibility for Transforming Tomorrow.

setting a standard - bestpractice

For most businesses, implementing a robust ethics policy in Northern Europe is one thing, but applying the same rigours to other regions is quite another. Swedish construction company Skanksa...

Virgin Media launches its first CR Report - reports

Virgin Media has launched its first Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

Ceres Conference 2006: accelerating sustainable governance - calendar

Brings together corporate directors, CEOs, national environmental leaders, investors and corporate governance experts to discuss how sustainable governance builds shareholder value and promotes...

raising the bar - bestpractice

If asked to name one of the world’s leading dairy farming nations, few westerners would think of Pakistan. Yet dairy farming in this huge country accounts for almost ten per cent of gross...

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 11th Corporate Responsibility Report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 guidelines and principles to A+ standard.

Lafarge launches its 7th Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, has produced its seventh Sustainability Report.

The Colgate-Palmolive online Sustainability Report - reports

Colgate-Palmolive has just published its online sustainability report.

making CSR pay - bestpractice

Traditional staff bonus schemes have usually paid employees in relation to their company’s financial results. But how would it be if end-of-year windfalls took into account non-financial factors...

Legal & General's 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legal & General Group has published its 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

4th annual Compliance & Ethics Institute - calendar

This symposium organized by the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics considers the practice of corporate governance.

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

Corporate social responsibility and the media - calendar

Why? The media suffers from a poor reputation for social responsibility both inside their establishments and in what they portray. Does what the media says reflect the key issues of the...

Pfizer releases its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Pfizer yesterday released the online version of its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled "Strong Actions: Partnering for Positive Change."

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS - bestpractice

When a democratically-elected Venezuelan government began to encourage the country’s judges to take more account of human rights issues, Statoil supported...

EC Regulation of Corporate Governance - books

Andrew Johnston sets out the principal economic and sociological theories of corporate governance and uses them to analyse and explain how the EC regulates this key area of economic activity. This...

SETTING UP A CODE OF CONDUCT - bestpractice

The Severn Trent Group has developed a clear set of principles to guide the conduct of its business. The environmental services group has also put in place management...

The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility - books

  An authoritative review of the academic research that has prompted, and responded to, the issues around CSR   International scholars from a range of disciplines, whose work has led...

Responsible Investment - books

Most investment today is conducted by a relatively small number of institutional investors — pension funds and investment managers — who manage the pensions and saving funds of millions...

UNEP FI 2005 global roundtable - calendar

The UNEP FI Global Roundtable is recognized as the principal event on sustainability in the finance sector, and attracts over 500 leading professionals each year. The 2005 Roundtable carries on a...

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility - books

With over 100 expert contributors writing over 400 entries, this book provides a jargon-busting, easy-to-use guide to the plethora of CSR concepts, codes and organisations, including core terms...

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and...

SOCIAL AUDITING - bestpractice

Camelot consulted a wide range of stakeholders to create two landmark social reports that analyze the impact of its business activities on different groups. Its...

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